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MBA Admissions - the GRE or GMAT?

An MBA (Master in Business Administration) is a graduate degree designed to develop the skills for careers in business and management. As with most graduate programs, an aptitude test is one of the factors considered for admission. In the past, MBA schools only accepted GMAT scores, but in recent years, universities have started accepting GRE scores too. One of the key decisions for prospective students to make early on is which admissions test to take â€" the GMAT or the GRE. Not sure which exam you should take? Here’s what you should know…

So what are these tests all about?

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is the test required for admission to most business schools. Since business schools have accepted this exam for many years, they often have more data on the scores of previously admitted applicants. This may not be available for the GRE yet. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission to most graduate schools and a growing number of business schools.

The Basics on the GMAT

The Basics on the GRE

Key factors for deciding between the GRE and the GMAT

If you’re having difficulty deciding which test is right for you, take a look at the steps outlined below to help you explore your options. Although some prospective students may decide to take both exams, admissions experts will recommend picking one of the exams for your aptitude assessment. Here’s why - test preparation is time-consuming and expensive. Students will likely perform their best if they focus all their time and energy on one exam instead of two.

A few helpful reminders

As you’re preparing for your admissions exam to earn your MBA, remember that your tests scores are just one piece of your application. Work hard and do your best but remember that schools consider multiple factors when deciding what candidates to admit. Also, plan accordingly with your exam dates. Both GMAT and GRE scores are valid for five years from the date you take the test. Don’t take the test too early because you want to make sure the scores you report are valid.

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