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20 Aug 2012, 11:20
Now, B schools have also started accepting GRE scores alongwith the always acceptable GMAT scores.
So, what should one go for at the moment? Should a student go for GRE or stick to the GMAT?

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20 Aug 2012, 12:31
karanasher wrote:
Now, B schools have also started accepting GRE scores alongwith the always acceptable GMAT scores.
So, what should one go for at the moment? Should a student go for GRE or stick to the GMAT?

I decided to take the GMAT because not all the schools I am applying to accept the GRE. That's the simplest reason to do it-you only have to take one test!

It seems pretty likely to me that the reason schools accept the GRE is because they know students have already taken it before they knew what they wanted to do and this is a way of lowering the barrier to entry. If you have not taken a test, I highly recommend taking the GMAT.
1) It is a more familiar test to the admissions folks
2) You can use it at every school
3) The GRE's math section is easier, so you need to get a 790/800 (164) to be in the top 90th percentile. That means there's no margin for error.
4) There are so many great resources on this and other forums!

Good luck.
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20 Aug 2012, 19:44
machichi wrote:
karanasher wrote:
Now, B schools have also started accepting GRE scores alongwith the always acceptable GMAT scores.
So, what should one go for at the moment? Should a student go for GRE or stick to the GMAT?

I decided to take the GMAT because not all the schools I am applying to accept the GRE. That's the simplest reason to do it-you only have to take one test!

It seems pretty likely to me that the reason schools accept the GRE is because they know students have already taken it before they knew what they wanted to do and this is a way of lowering the barrier to entry. If you have not taken a test, I highly recommend taking the GMAT.
1) It is a more familiar test to the admissions folks
2) You can use it at every school
3) The GRE's math section is easier, so you need to get a 790/800 (164) to be in the top 90th percentile. That means there's no margin for error.
4) There are so many great resources on this and other forums!

Good luck.

Yes, I haven't taken the exam yet and was just considering GRE as an option. Undoubtedly the GMAT is more familiar to the admission folks so I guess you're right to be safe by giving the GMAT.

Thanks.

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