Should I take the GMAT or the GRE? Four Scenarios (Part 1)

April 20, 2012 in GMAT vs. GRE

Nearly all of the top business schools, including Harvard Business School, Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, and Dartmouth’s Tuck School, all accept both the GRE and the GMAT.  Which test should you take? This depends on your background, experience, and skills.  Below we present four scenarios.

Scenario One: You haven’t taken either test
If you haven’t taken either test, and you’re applying to business school, take the GMAT.  It is still the most well-established test, and considered by business schools to be the best predictor of success.  Applying to business school with your GMAT score shows that you are exclusively interested in applying to business school, and that you have not considered any other type of graduate program.  Study for the GMAT and submit your application with that score.

Scenario Two: You’ve already taken the GRE and you’re happy with your score
If you’ve already taken the GRE, and you’re happy with your score, then do not waste your time preparing for another test! Business schools decided to accept GRE scores in addition to GMAT scores specifically for people like you.  Many business schools are accepting both tests in the hopes that it will encourage a greater variety of people to apply to business school, including those who may have previously been considering graduate school, or who even already successfully completed a graduate program.  If you are one of those people, focus on the other parts of your application, such as your personal essay and letters of recommendation. Do not take the GMAT.

Check back soon for two more common test-taker scenarios!