Many test takers prefer the GMAT to the GRE
In the past, pursuing a master of business administration (MBA) typically meant that students had to first take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) in order to even be considered for a program. This has changed in recent years, as many business schools, including those located at Christian universities, now allow prospective MBAs to submit their Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores as well.
However, despite the fact that this option exists, few individuals are taking advantage of it. According to a press release, Kaplan Test Prep recently polled 314 Kaplan GMAT students and found that only 16 percent of them considered taking the GRE instead.
Additional findings of the study revealed that 84 percent of respondents said they never considered taking the GRE instead of the GMAT. In some cases, taking the GMAT alone can be a good decision, according to Lee Weiss, Kaplan Test Prep’s director of graduate programs.
“It’s still a smart business school admissions strategy to take the GMAT if you are only applying to business school, and not considering applying to graduate school too,” Weiss said. “According to a separate Kaplan survey of business school admissions officers, applicants who submit a GMAT score have a slight admissions advantage over applicants who submit a GRE score.”