Cram Schools Test Prep Six Big Differences Between The GMAT & The GRE – Poets&Quants

Six Big Differences Between The GMAT & The GRE – Poets&Quants



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Over 1200 business schools now accept the GRE worldwide, according to a Kaplan Test Prep.

For MBA applicants, what’s the difference between the two exams, and how do business schools view each?

Ilana Kowarski, a reporter at US News, recently spoke to experts on the six main differences between the GRE and GMAT.

MATH

Experts say the GMAT tends to focus more on quantitative questions when compared to the GRE.

“As a result, students with stronger math skills may want to take the GMAT in order to demonstrate those skills,” Dan Edmonds, a test prep tutor with the New York-based admissions consulting firm IvyWise, tells US News. “Further, if you plan to apply to a program that values math skills, that program may look more favorably on the GMAT than the GRE.”

LANGUAGE

On the flip side, the GRE’s verbal section tends to be more difficult than the GMAT, especially for non-native English speakers.

“The GRE verbal section is generally more difficult than the GMAT verbal section; that difficulty is in large part driven by the extent to which the GRE tests tough vocabulary,” Edmonds tells US News.

CAREER CHOICE

If you’re interested in pursuing a management consulting or investment banking career, it may be wiser to stick with the GMAT, experts say.

“The test does place a heavier focus on quantitative and analytical skills –
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