MBA-Admission: Most business schools now accept GRE and GMAT

Von am 27. Oktober 2014

For a long time the GMAT was the only admission test accepted by business schools. Meanwhile 85% of business schools accept the GRE as an admissions alternative according to Kaplan Test Prep’s 2014 survey of 204 business school admissions officers in the U.S.

The acceptance of the GRE (Graduate Record Examinations), which was historically the admissions exam for non-business graduate programs, has steadily increased year-over-year since Kaplan first began tracking the issue in 2009, when only 24% of business schools said they accepted the GRE.

But still only a very small minority of MBA applicants are submitting a GRE score instead of a GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) score. Over half of the admissions officers surveyed said that just one in ten or fewer applicants took this admissions path last application cycle. But is this apprehension from applicants warranted?

Additional Kaplan data shows that 78% of MBA programs say scores from both tests are viewed equally, but 18% of MBA programs say applicants who submit a GMAT score have an advantage over applicants who submit a GRE score.

“The trend line for business schools that accept the GRE as an admissions alternative to the GMAT has been unmistakable over the past five years. What was once seen as an almost exotic admissions policy by business schools has become nearly ubiquitous,” said Brian Carlidge, executive director at Kaplan Test Prep.

“Our advice to prospective MBAs is if all the business schools they plan to apply to accept the GRE in addition to the GMAT, then contact those schools and find out if they have a preference for one exam over the other.” He also advises students to take the GMAT if some of the schools to which they intend on applying do not accept the GRE. Even if the GRE is widely accepted, the only exam that is universally accepted is the GMAT.



Foto Bärbel Schwertfeger, MBA Journal

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Bärbel Schwertfeger ist Diplom-Psychologin und seit 1985 als freie Journalistin im Bereich Management, Weiterbildung und Personalentwicklung tätig.