This post is OLD. The basic information on the GRE->GMAT conversion is still valid, however now, most MBA programs have no (stated) preference for which test they want. EssaySnark still says that the GMAT is better for several reasons, however the school policies are almost all now neutral concerning which test you submit. Want to get detailed insights into your candidacy for business school? Sign up for the Comprehensive Profile Review (special offer: get $10 off through this link!) and we'll tell you how the schools will respond to the details of your background.
As you undoubtedly know, many business schools started accepting the GRE in lieu of the GMAT in the 2009-’10 application season. Most schools say that either is fine; Columbia and some others prefer the GMAT. In all cases, it’s likely that the adcom will “convert” a GRE score into a GMAT equivalent anyway, in order to get apples-to-apples comparisons with the rest of the candidate pool.
Ever wonder how they do that?
Maybe they just use this GRE – GMAT conversion tool (XLS file) provided by ETS, the makers of the GRE.
And, if they do use this tool — as Columbia likely does since they have this posted on their own website — then it’s possibly skewed at least slightly in the favor of the GRE test-taker, given the source of the conversion tool itself — ETS is trying to gain market share from GMAC, the GMAT people, and has been waging a PR war to try and prove that the GRE is equivalent. Those that are more expert than us feel that the GMAT is a tougher test. Yes EssaySnark is always suspicious, and we would suspect that a conversion tool offered by the GRE test makers might make GRE results look good.
EssaySnark still feels the GMAT is the way to go for most bschool applicants. The main reason the GRE would be a good strategy is if you are in fact going to be applying to other types of graduate programs. Who would want to go through multiple tests?
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This post was published some time ago. The information is still accurate, but if you want to get additional insights on the GRE and the GMAT and the MBA, then we invite you to check out these more recent posts: