Let’s see, if you are applying to an MBA program and are considering the GMAT vs. GRE question , you consider the facts that:
– the GRE is less expensive
– the GRE can be used for all graduate (and not just MBA programs)
– the GRE can is administered in more places
– and now you are able to select which of your scores you want the schools to see! The GMAT score report includes all of your GMAT scores for five years. The GRE “Score Select” allows you to send the schools only the scores you want them to see.
Prediction: If GMAT does not do the same, the GMAT vs. GRE wars will end on terms that are not favorable to GMAT.
What possible reason is there to take the GMAT instead of the GRE?
As a provider of GRE Preparation Courses we were invited to a webinar which was called:
What’s Ahead for the GRE Program 2012 – Special Updates
TestPrepPub SSO Webinar deck FINAL
– largest testing year in GRE history with more than 700,000 test takers. What is noteworthy is an increase of 25% outside of the United States with an increases in China (28%) and India (43%);
– more than 800 MBA programs now accept the GMAT. These (according to GRE) include 80 of the top 100 MBA programs in the world. (In our GMAT Preparation Courses we find that more and more people are also taking the GRE.);
– “Score Select” option introduced in July 2012. Apparently this will allow test takers to send the scores that reflect their personal best. This is huge! In the past schools have seen all GRE scores. Now, the test taker can decide which scores they want to send to the schools. Unless the GMAT does the same thing, I predict the end of GMAT. Under the existing rules when a GMAT score is reported to a school, the score report includes all GMAT scores for the last five years;
– Effective July 2012, test takers will be able to take the GRE once every 30 days and no more than 5 times in a 12 month period;
– Revised GRE prep materials: New PowerPrep software will be available in July 2012. New “Official Guide To The Revised GRE” available August 2012.
That’s all folks!
Test Wars – The GMAT vs. The GRE – Making Changes For Victory
It’s a great time to be a test taker. The GMAT and GRE are fighting it to be the test of choice for MBA and other graduate programs.
If you don’t know “GMAT” is an acronym for “Graduate Management Admission Test” and “GRE” is an acronym for “Graduate Record Exam”. The GMAT is the admissions test for most MBA programs. The GRE is a required admissions test for many graduate programs. They are both multiple-choice tests which are administered on computer and are computer adaptive. Up until a few years ago, both tests were developed by “ETS” better known as the “Educational Testing Service”. This changed when “GMAC” (Graduate Management Admission Council – sounds important doesn’t it) fired ETS and transferred responsibility for the design and administration of the GMAT to Pearson Education.
Because of a common ancestry, the GMAT and GRE had (and continue to have) overlapping question types. In fact, (at least in terms of question format) approximately 50% of the GMAT and GRE overlap. Examples of overlapping question types include: Problem Solving, Reading Comprehension and Analytical Writing. That said, all question types on each of the GMAT and GRE are (whether quantitative or not) designed to test reading and reasoning skills. Continue reading