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Test Wars – The GMAT vs. GRE – Making Changes For Victory

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