GMAT vs. GRE

Which MBA Test is Right for You?

Marist College accepts both GMAT and GRE scores in their admission requirements for the Master’s in Business Administration graduate degree program. Deciding which MBA test is right for you will depend on which MBA test you feel will best exhibit your critical thinking and analyzing ability.

Most business schools require applicants to submit a GMAT score along with their applications. The GMAT is ranked on a 200-800 scale on 10-point increments with questions spread across Analytic, Quantitative, Verbal, and Integrated Reasoning sections. It’s computer adaptive to your ability and will follow a trend of how well you complete each answer.

A growing number of business schools are now also accepting GRE scores in place of a GMAT score. The GRE has historically been the required admission test for graduate programs in the United States. The GRE scores are ranked on a scale of 130 to 170 in 1-point increments with questions spread across Analytic, Verbal, and two Quantitative sections. Recently the test council added an unidentified experimental section of math or verbal questions. The GRE is offered in paper or computer adaptive by section.

When deciding between the GMAT and GRE, it’s important to research the schools you plan on applying to and deciphering what they are looking for in top candidates. Because both tests are scored differently, there is a comparison tool that MBA programs use to be able to safely compare scores of individual applicants who are submitting scores from both testing types.

Taking a practice exam will also help you become more familiar with the test material and may even be the deciding factor as to which you take. Gaining the highest possible score is your end goal and making sure it meets the requirements and qualifications set forth by the program you are applying to will help you ensure your future enrollment status.

Deciding which MBA test is right for you starts with researching more information about the GMAT exam you can visit the official GMAT website where they outline test prep plans. You can also review the official GRE website for exam information, test prep, and exam scheduling. Reviewing more information on these two exams can help you choose between registering for the GMAT and GRE.

Contact us to learn more about the Master’s in Business Administration program at Marist College and which MBA admission test is right for you. 


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