In the recent trends, it is observed that more students are inclining towards business schools with Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score. GRE for MBA is making a mark and giving a tough competition to Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) with respect to seeking admission in business schools. GMAT is regarded as the traditional standard entry test to B-schools at International level.
Dawn Piacentino, Director of communication and services for the GRE Program at Educational Testing Service (ETS) said, “The GRE revised General Test is the only admissions test that is accepted by graduate and business school programs worldwide, giving test takers more opportunities for success.”
However, ETS, the conducting and regulating body of GRE, claimed that, for the testing year ending June 30, 2015, the number of GRE aspirants targeting for business and management studies grew by more than 9% over the previous testing year. And almost twice since the testing year ending June 30, 2012.
GRE for MBA
In 2015, one of the leading educational institutes surveyed and concluded that 90% of the 222 business schools across the USA and Great Britain allowed aspirants to submit scores of GRE for MBA in place of GMAT, which is a huge jump given that only 24% of the business schools had accepted GRE until 2009. Further, compared to 2014, 42% of admissions officers in 2015 reported an increase in the number of applicants submitting scores of GRE for MBA.
The main highlight of GRE for MBA is mostly the takers are from the non-management background. It means, they belong to Science as their educational background. Hence it attracts the pool of students to management studies. And to support the test takers, who are opting management studies as master degree course ETS provides a comparison tool to compare their GRE score in respect to GMAT score
GRE vs. GMAT
Taking GRE test opens up the door to achieve higher accomplishments in education and give an edge to career advancement. Through GRE you can go for higher technical or techno-managerial or managerial studies. It is not confined to managerial studies as GMAT does. Along with GRE you can start your doctoral program with any specialization.
During the test itself, in GRE you can change, modify or skip questions but you can’t do the same in GMAT test. The scores of GRE range on a 130-170 scale each for verbal and quant. The AWA section is measured on a scale of a 0-6 mark, where GMAT total score is 800 comprising verbal and quant. Again the AWA section is evaluated on the 0-6 scale.
GRE Score for MBA
Here we have enumerated top ten graduate schools who accept the GRE score for MBA. To have fair idea about marks we have mentioned the marks to be attained in Verbal, Quant and AWA for admission process:
|1||Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)||MBA||317||5.3|
|3||University of California, Berkeley||MBA||320-323||4.5|
|4||University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)||MBA||312||5|
|9||University of Virginia||MBA||329||4.5|
|10||University of Michigan – Ann Arbor||Mgt #9||327||5|
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