This is an admittedly totally and completely biased post.
This is purely our opinion.
Most of the posts here on the EssaySnark blahg are steeped in fact and experience. We do our best to be utterly objective and steer you as clear as we can using only actual straight-from-the-adcom heard-it-from-the-horse information.
Today? Nah. This is just how we see the world.
We’ve spoken to you before about how the GMAT compares to the GRE in the world of MBA admissions.
And we’ve cautioned you that there are some rebel adcoms who distinctly prefer the GMAT over the GRE (though their numbers are dwindling).
The thing is, the GMAT is hard.
That’s the main reason that many people look about for alternatives to it.
The GRE is hard too, but many people find it’s not quite as hard. Hard can be relative, right?
But even if all the adcoms in the world were really truly 100% agnostic in whether you submitted a GMAT versus a GRE score in your app … guess what?
We’d still believe you should go with the GMAT test.
For the perverse reason THAT IT’S HARD.
In case nobody has told you this before: Bschool is hard.
It’s likely going to be way harder than anything you’ve ever done before. Or at least, it’ll give those previous hard things a run for their money. There are very few people who find that getting an MBA is a cake walk. (Like, nobody. Not if they’re going to a good school.)
Taking the GMAT, when you could potentially “get by” with the GRE, in our opinion shows that you’re that kind of person. The kind who doesn’t get rattled by “hard.” The kind who doesn’t look for shortcuts and the easy way out. The kind who just sucks it up and gets it done. Even when it’s hard.
Or maybe, especially when it is.
Relevant excerpt from that BSer Who Went Before, talking about his GMAT travails:
So I went back to the books, studying and practicing the GMAT even harder than before. It may be one of the toughest things I’ve ever done, but damn did it feel rewarding when my score jumped 80 points and pushed me past my original goal!
We know many others who approach things the same way.
If you’re currently considering the GRE, there’s no problem with going that route. We’re not going to judge you if you do.
But if you are up for it, we’d encourage you to go for the gusto. Go all in. Put all your chips on the table. Choose the GMAT instead.
It’s not like the adcom is going to be privy to your internal decision-making process. It’s not like they’re going to see your score report and note some little asterisk at the bottom that says, “* This candidate was originally going to take the GRE and decided to do the GMAT instead because it’s harder.” They’re never going to know.
But YOU will know.
Yeah, it will be hard. You probably will need to work at it. Like, studying and stuff.
But that’s what you’ll have to do when you make it into the bschool of your dreams.
Why not start to build that muscle now?
Do the GMAT. Do it because it’s hard.
That’s not set-in-stone MBA application strategy. We’re not dictating the one and only way to go about getting in. It’s just our personal take on the world.
Sometimes, life is more fun that way.
Or maybe we’re just sadistic. 😉