I know this is a GMAT forum, but my GMAT study has been extremely disconcerting, and with only three weeks to go now, and I am thinking I need to try the GRE. I took a diagnostic test, and although my score didn't seem to be much better than what I was scoring on the GMAT, the test definitely felt more comfortable to me.
So I am wondering -- has anyone out there gotten into a top 20 MBA program with the GRE? What was your score and where were you admitted? I am just curious as the GRE scores are not published widely like the GMAT scores?
Also, how did you study? Do you know of where I can get a very solid study plan? I would prefer to take the test in three weeks [crazy, I know, but I have so many work trips after then I think it would be hard to study], and hoping some of this GMAT prep [Knewton
online course] will be of help. If I am going to do this, I need to completely switch gears NOW as time is running out!
I just took the diagnostic GRE test with no studying. I realized that I would have a lot of vocabulary to learn, and since I hadn't gotten to reviewing geometry in the GMAT study, this would be important. I would also need to keep my mind focused on Reading Comprehension. Either way, I scored:
This is how my GMAT scores have been:
6/14/2008: 540 (Q- 29, V- 36) [did this with minimal studying 5 years ago]
6/14/2013: 570 (Q- 35, V- 34) [Diagnostic to start my GMAT prep]
7/2/2013: 540 (Q- 30, V- 35)
7/28/2013: 540 (Q- 30, V- 35)
Sadly enough, if I can't get anything up to the 700ish range I am probably wasting my time on these applications. Sad
If the switch does seem worth the effort, I have a few questions that someone might have some answers to:
1. How do you switch gears from studying for the GMAT to the GRE? What information should I continue to use/study in my brain?
2. On that note, I have been using the Knewton
software to study for the GMAT, and I have access to the MGMAT set of books [thanks, b-school neighbor!]. Should I continue at least the math sections [without Data Sufficiency] in these materials? What of this can I continue to use? What other things should I add to my collection?
3. I have read so many negative articles about why you should take the GMAT and not the GRE. But would it be better for me to score well [hopefully] on the GRE instead of poorly on the GMAT? And on that note, I feel like I need a more valid excuse as to why I took the GRE instead of the GMAT if someone asks... anyone got a good-sounding reason?
4. Has anyone done this before? Lessons learned? Advice on how to do this in three weeks?