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15 Dec 2008, 10:22
What is GMAT's difficulty level compared to other graduate admissions exam such as LSAT MCAT CPA. Please don't give me answers like you can't compare them its different exam formats, etc. We don't have to get all scientific with the answer just give me a general overview. Can you guys list what you think is the hardest to easiest graduate school admissions exams. Thanks!

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15 Dec 2008, 10:31
That really depends on who is taking the exam. I think in terms of difficulty, MCAT is the most difficult. Then LSAT. Then probably CPA. I found GMAT the easierwhen comparing CPA vs GMAT. (I have CPA)

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15 Dec 2008, 12:14
CPA is not really an entrace exam in the same way the MCAT, LSAT, GRE, GMAT are. The CPA is a killer, but it kind of is an end wthin itself. Once you have passed that exam, you're a CPA, rather than it gets you admitted to CPA school.

I think the MCAT is by far the hardest. It's so content based that you either know it or you don't. On the LSAT and GMAT, and parts of the GRE, you can figure out the answer by simple analytical thinking. On the MCAT, if you don't know the way electrons and protons behave with relation to each other, you're screwed.

The GMAT requires knowledge of math principles, and the LSAT requires deep logical thinking. They're similar in some of the verbal aspects, but with the Quant on the GMAT, you either know how to tackle the problem or you don't. You might be able to get the answer by shear force working through the problem, but that's going to take you way longer than you have time per question and will cost you in points when you have to guess at the end.

ranking the exams really is rather subjective. Someone that has been taking science classes for years and years will rock the MCAT because they know how that works. Put that same person in the seat of an LSAT exam and they'll freak. They'll think "Why do I care which horse comes in first in a race? Is one of them sick? Can I tell you about the way the horse's cell reacts to a disease? Please?"

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That really depends on who is taking the exam. I think in terms of difficulty, MCAT is the most difficult. Then LSAT. Then probably CPA. I found GMAT the easierwhen comparing CPA vs GMAT. (I have CPA)

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17 Dec 2008, 23:56
if test, lets call it LMAT, is easy, than everybody will be scoring high, and the goal will be to score higher than others. the point is I guess it is not the questions that make the exam difficult, but the people you are competing against. it is like chess, you may know how to move figures, but it doesn't necessarily make you a gross master. the ability to outperform others make you gross master. it is not the game that makes it difficult but the opponents you are playing against.

I think none of the exams that you listed except LSAT and GMAT tests your pure skills. thus, I would say that those two are the most difficult among the listed. CPA is IMO irrelevant in the context, since all you have to do is to reach some score to pass it. moreover, some of my fellow classmates with degrees in accounting told me that getting cpa was fairly easy. I think the same goes with MCAT.

Questionwise, I would guess that GRE is probably the easiest among graduate entrance exams.

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