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As more and more top MBA programs take the GRE, I was curious about how the schools compare the two. Do they use percentile rankings? (This could be hard as the GRE doesn't give an overall %ile) Do they have a common conversion table? Is there some other way?
I have spent some time Googling and the best tool I could find was a predictor model from ETS/GRE. The forum won't allow me to link, but it is easy enough to find.
Before deciding on an MBA, I was considering getting an MPP (masters in public policy) and took the GRE. The math section is wayyy easier than the GMAT math (high school level, but no tricks at all), but the verbal is harder in some ways because you just have to memorize a ton of vocab. It took me 3 trys to get a decent verbal score (I think I ended up with a 650 out of 800, which is barely in the 90th percentile or something). The essays are also graded harder. My scores were all over the place for the 3 tests I took. I was considering submitting my GRE scores instead of taking the GMAT, but when I looked at the GRE averages of the schools that accepted the test, they were higher than my scores (the verbal specifically). So I took the GMAT. I think ETS has a translator for GRE scores into GMAT scores and mine ended up being what I eventually got on my GMAT. I recommend taking the GMAT for bschool - like someone mentioned above, future employers may want to know your scores for the GMAT. Schools started accepting the GRE to encourage people who may have been interested in another type of grad school to apply for MBA programs as well.
Overall, the only section easier than the GMAT is the math section (but also if you get like 770 out of 800, that puts you below the 90th percentile or around there). The GRE is cheaper though ($150) and there are fewer questions/shorter sections.
I would not suggest the GRE unless you have a fantastic vocabulary. Its a terrible test. Around 12% of the people get an 800 on the Q section so its tough to set yourself apart in Q at best you get 88th percentile. The verbal section is very tough with a ton of awful vocab words you will never actually see in the real world. A 720 or so in verbal is 99th percentile. I think i got a 570V (75th or so percentile) on the GRE compared with a 42V (95th percentile) on the GRE. Though to be fair i didn't prepare much for the GRE verbal because it didn't really matter for the programs i was applying to.
Re: GRE vs GMAT comparison
01 Mar 2011, 20:08