All M7, S10 and E7 MBA accept either the GMAT or the GRE for admissions applications. As a result, more and more of you are asking us which exam you should take. The answer is fairly straightforward: you should take the GMAT if you exclusively plan to apply to MBA programs (around 90% of MBA applicants worldwide will submit a GMAT score) and only consider the GRE if you are considering to apply to additional Specialised Master’s Degrees and/or Joint Degrees that will require you to submit a GRE score (e.g.JD/MBA).
It is generally (and wrongly) conceived that the GMAT suits those who have strong quantitative and analytical skills, who also excel at interpreting data presented in charts, tables, and text to solve complex problems. It is true that the GRE Math section tends to be easier and, unlike the GMAT, includes a calculator for all quantitative problems. However, the difficulty of the GRE Verbal section (in comparison to the GMAT one) makes the GRE a deceptive option in many occurrences. Every year we help hundreds of students preparing for both the GMAT and the GRE and we realised that the GMAT preparation time is, in average, 1 to 2 months shorter than the GRE one.
Ultimately, the GRE and GMAT have more in common than they have differences. To succeed at either, you’ll need mastery of essential Math (algebra, arithmetic, geometry, data analysis), as well as reading and critical reasoning skills and efficient test-taking strategies.
If you are still unsure which test to prep for, one of the best ways to pick the most fitted test for you is to take a diagnostic test. Alternatively, you can schedule a free GMAT/GRE consultations with one of our experts!