Christine Sneva

Admissions Blog

Aug 1

Written by: Johnson Admissions Team
8/1/2011 9:01 AM  RssIcon

Now that Johnson is taking two standardized tests (aside from English language skill testing), I thought it would be helpful to discuss the GRE vs. GMAT to help our applicants understand how the adcom will be reviewing such applications.

I still anticipate that a large majority of our applicants will submit with a GMAT score.  Although an increasing number of b-schools are now accepting the GRE, the GMAT is still viewed as the common denominator among applicants.  With that said, this year we will be reviewing a small percentage of applicants that have chosen to take the GRE.

There still remains a perception of difficulty when considering GRE vs. GMAT.  As a committee, we view both exams as equal components that can provide us information regarding an applicant's academic ability.  As always, we view these tests jointly with an undergraduate transcript.  We also heavily consider any subsequent coursework taken that contributes to the relevant analytical courses you will experience in our curriculum.  Regardless of what exam we are reviewing for an individual, we take everything into account when evaluating academic readiness and potential. 

Evaluating the GRE will be new for the Johnson adcom.  I don't believe this will change or sway a decision for or against an applicant since we focus a lot on your work experience and interview evaluation.  We emphasize our decisions around who you are, not how you test.  However, Johnson is an extremely rigorous program and admitting candidates that are academically prepared is our priority.

Regardless of which test you take, you always want to put your best foot forward.  The GMAT and GRE do defer in a number of ways, however, they do test many of the same concepts and topics.  Be sure you are prepared for each stage of the application process and you will be confident that you have submitted a strong application.


4 comment(s) so far...

Re: GRE or GMAT ... does it matter?

Thank you for this useful article...

By Tom Pokerville on   5/23/2012 9:29 AM

Re: GRE or GMAT ... does it matter?

Thanks for the update. I think this is a very relevant issue for people deciding which exam to take. I have taught many students in both the GRE and GMAT and personally think the GMAT quant section is much more difficult. All else being equal, do you value candidates who performed at a certain level on the GMAT above those performing at the same level on the GRE?

By Gmat Prep Book Writer on   5/23/2012 9:29 AM

Re: GRE or GMAT ... does it matter?

Thank you for the information. How is it weighed if a student takes both the GRE and the GMAT but his or her scores are vastly different on each test? I imagine that this is viewed with some suspicion, but can a really bad day on, say, the GMAT really negatively impact what is otherwise a great GRE score?

By Study GRE on   5/23/2012 9:30 AM

Re: GRE or GMAT ... does it matter?

Any insight on questions above? Really interested in how you look at the GRE vs the GMAT...

By GMAT Prepster on   8/6/2012 9:23 PM

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