April 7, 2012 in FAQs, GMAT vs. GRE
The short answer is that you should take the test you will score better on. You can take a free GRE practice test and a free GMAT practice test online to see which test gives you a higher score. The long answer, unsurprisingly, is a little more complicated. Many business schools say that the GMAT is a better predictor of your performance during your first semester of business school than the GRE, and prefer that [...]
April 3, 2012 in FAQs, GMAT Scores, New GMAT
Old GMAT (prior to June 2012) The old GMAT was scored on a scale of 200 – 800. This score was a combination of examinees’ Verbal and Quantitative scores. The old GMAT also had a separate Analytical Writing score graded between 0 and 6. The Analytical Writing score does not affect the total score. New GMAT (post June 2012) The new GMAT will still be scored on a scale of 200 – 800. The score [...]
April 1, 2012 in FAQs, GMAT vs. GRE
Neither test is necessarily easier or harder than the other; the GMAT and the GRE are just very different tests that assess very different sets of abilities. The most striking differences can be found in the verbal sections of both tests. While the GRE verbal section tests you on your knowledge of vocabulary, the GMAT verbal section is more interested in your abilities in critical reasoning, thinking, and conventional English grammar. Therefore, if you have [...]
March 30, 2012 in CAT (Computer-Adpative Test), FAQs
Advantages: Since each question adapts based on the test-taker’s previous responses to questions, the computer requires less time to calculate your score, resulting in a shorter test. This can reduce test-taker fatigue, which can significantly lower an examinee’s test results. CATs are individually paced so the examinee does not need to wait on others to finish before going on to the next section, which can also reduce the total length of the test. CATs can [...]
March 26, 2012 in FAQs, GMAT vs. GRE
The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) has historically been used for admissions to doctoral and masters programs, but, in recent years, a growing number of business schools have started accepting GRE scores in lieu of GMAT scores. The GMAT is used exclusively for admissions to MBA programs. The GRE has three sections, Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning Sections. The Analytical Writing section is scored on a scale from 0 to 6 and the Verbal [...]
March 21, 2012 in FAQs, New GMAT
GMAC is changing the GMAT with the goal of making the test better meet the needs expressed by business schools around the globe. In 2009, GMAC surveyed 740 business school faculty worldwide to ask them what test skills would be important for incoming students as they prepare to work in technologically advanced, data-driven environments. They are introducing the Integrated Reasoning section to address the needs specified by those business schools. The Integrated Reasoning section is [...]
March 20, 2012 in FAQs, GMAT Scores, New GMAT
Currently, GMAT scores are valid for five years. Most schools accept all valid GMAT scores from the past five years, however, schools that want to see scores on the Integrated Reasoning section may require applicants to take the new GMAT. Contact the program you’re interested in to find out whether they would prefer old or new GMAT scores.
March 16, 2012 in FAQs, GMAT vs. GRE
Unlike the GRE, the GMAT verbal section does not specifically test you on vocabulary. The GMAT verbal section tests you on your reading comprehension, critical reasoning, and sentence correction abilities. It is important to know your grammar and be familiar with critical reading and critical thinking, but you will not be tested on your vocabulary. Nevertheless, you may want to study vocabulary to use in your essay, or to help you understand reading comprehension passages.