Should I take the GMAT or the GRE? Four Scenarios (Part 2)

Wondering whether you should submit GMAT or GRE scores to a business school that accepts both?  Here are two more scenarios to help you decide which test is right for your circumstances. If you haven’t already read it, don’t forget to check out Part

Scenario Three: You’ve already taken the GRE and you’re unhappy with your score
If you’ve already taken the GRE, but your score is too low for the MBA programs you’re considering, try taking the GMAT.  The GMAT and GRE are two very different tests and you may find that you score significantly higher on the GMAT, particularly if you have strong quantitative skills.

Scenario Four: You’re a dual degree applicant
If you are applying to a dual or joint degree MBA program and the business school will accept the GRE, do not take both tests! Take the GRE and use the score for both schools.  Again, there’s no point in wasting your time taking multiple standardized tests when they make up only one portion of your application.  Focus on writing strong, focused essays that clearly outline your career goals and explain how obtaining an MBA will help you achieve these goals.

Still stuck on which test to take? It never hurts to call the admissions offices at the schools you’re interested in and see which test they recommend.

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