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Wharton is following closely on the heels of Harvard Business School, which made waves this spring when it announced that it would allow applicants to submit the GRE for admissions. The institutions are joining the ranks of a small but rapidly growing number of business schools that are embracing the GRE, a standardized exam that students use to apply to a wide variety of graduate schools. The movement comes at a time when younger applicants—fresh out of college or just a year or two after graduation—are showing an increased interest in business school. For these applicants, many of whom have already taken the GRE, business schools that accept the test allow them to transition into an MBA program without studying for and taking another exam.
Yeah I read that article too. It's definitely a good thing b-schools are accepting GREs. If I had known that earlier I might have studied for the GREs instead since they allow for greater flexibility (I might decide I want to get a Masters in Finance instead). Plus, I think GRE is slightly easier than the GMAT. No CR
Has anyone on here taken both? Is it really "easier", or just more straight-forward to prepare for? Supposedly they have a conversion tool from GRE->GMAT, I guess based on sets of data for those who have taken both.
I did take GRE back then when I was applying for my Mastes in Cmputer Science and I seriously feel GMAT is easier
1) MAths is somewhat same 2) Verbal - RC is same, SC is bit different and the worst part of GRE is their Synonyms,antonyms and analogies. Every book has some 3500 words to be remembered and one must know the roots and origins (like in spelling bee) ... I hated GRE compared to GMAT
As for which exam is easier, I think it really depend on different person. For me, GRE is way easier than GMAT. I have a really good memory and I love to study vocabulary. In GRE, for the vocab part is like either you know it or not. The strategies don't really help. I made it to 90 percentile in verbal. I got a perfect score on GRE math. GRE math is way easier compare to GMAT math.
Although I also made perfect score on GMAT math, but GMAT verbal is a totally different story for me. I am not a logical kind of person. Even though, GMAT verbal part does not have much vocab, but I just don't get that. The highest verbal score I got from varies attempt is 28 on the real test, which is about 40 some percentile only.
NYU Stern has started to accept GRE scores now. This has started to worry me, how is this going to play. I mean people who write GRE are much higher and also it is way to easier to score higher marks in GRE than GMAT. So how are these business schools going to compare a GMAT score with a GRE score. This has really started to worry me, I am planning to apply next year and there would be another 10-20 top schools joining GRE group.
Since there is not yet a track record of schools accepting applicants who have taken the GRE, I would advise against it.
For people who are contemplating dropping the GMAT for the GRE, please contact the Adcom for your targeted schools to inquire about this. There's no sense in taking and killing the GRE, and then finding out the school has no clear benchmark on accepting GRE scores (i.e. a bottom avg GMAT score might trump a top GRE score just because the adcom doesn't know how to compare that factor between the applicants (yet)).
I think the schools use a comparison tool (ex: http://www.ets.org/Media/Campaign/9934/) to translate a GRE score into an "equivalent" GMAT score. The tool states that "the predicted GMAT Total scores were calculated using statistical analyses of the actual test scores of 525 persons who took both the GRE General Test and the GMAT exam in actual operational, high-stakes conditions, between January 2006 and July 2008."
I say "equivalent" because obviously the tests are different, regardless of how similar they may be. Others have said that the verbal sections are quite different in focus, so one test vs the other may play to your particular skill set. Still, I would think the only reason to take the GRE instead of the GMAT would be if you are pursuing dual-degrees (where the non-business program requires the GRE) and your target business schools all accepted the GRE. If you are not in that situation, just take the GMAT and quit worrying - it still is the exam of choice across the board for MBA programs.