The test-acceptance landscape has changed! Now the GRE is just fine for any top MBA program. You still need to show competence with it of course! And the schools know that it's easier than the GMAT. There are still some cases where the GMAT is probably better but the advice in this post does not apply in the same way any longer.
Yes, the GMAT is a nasty little bugger of a test.
Did you think getting into a great bschool would be easy??
The thing is, some people are looking for shortcuts. The easy way out. Maybe not cheating exactly, but putting forth as little effort as possible to get the same results. Nothing wrong with that.
Unless you’re avoiding something.
The GRE is considered “easier” than the GMAT. This is common knowledge. This is especially known among admissions people — you know, those folks who’ll actually be EVALUATING your application. They have little GRE-to-GMAT conversion tools and the like, to make it as close to an apples-to-apples comparison between candidates as possible. But get real. They wouldn’t even have those tools if the GRE was the test of choice. In fact, there are very few mainstream MBA applicants for whom the GRE is the appropriate test to take.
Some schools — Chicago. Berkeley Haas. Columbia, in most cases. Even Cornell’s Master of Management in Hospitality, which isn’t even an MBA — don’t even ACCEPT the GRE for applicants to their MBA programs.
Suck it up. Take the GMAT. No more hemming and hawing. Just do it. Study for it and put in the hours (yes, HOURS) practicing, and you’ll be fine. You’re a smart cookie. We believe in you! Tackle this baby by the horns and make the most of it!
It’s only once in your life (hopefully!!!) that you’ll be applying for bschool. Take it seriously. No shortcuts.