(Closed) GMAT vs. GRE vs. MAT — Any advice on which to take?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
2006 posts
Buzzing bee

All the graduate program I am applying to require the GRE so I didn’t have a choice.

I bought a Princeton Review book and it suggests studying for 8-12 weeks, no more no less. I really like the book I bought because it teaches you HOW to take the test and the best strategies to adapt. Everyone knows these tests don’t measure actual intelligence, just how well you can take a standardized test.

I really suggest buying some type of study book for whatever test you choose, they cost between $20-$40 depending on what book/where you buy it. I bought mine based on reviews I found on numerous sites.

Post # 4
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

What school do you want to go to and what do they require? Like babyboo said, some colleges require one particular one.

Post # 7
3788 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Re: GRE. Definitely get a study book. The practice questions are the most helpful part. As babyboo said, it is all in how you take the test, not how much you know. I know you said you are concerned about the math, but I would recommend flash cards for the verbal, too. There are a lot of those words you know to see but when it comes time to find its antonym, you are left sort of muddled. Doing this pulled my verbal up 140 points! I found the math to be pretty easy if you go back over really basic stuff like multiplying fractions, etc. It’s not that it’s difficult, just that one doesn’t remember those sorts of things. Good luck!

Post # 8
2103 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I would probably suggest the GRE as it’s the most versatile. And not knowing what program or requirements you’re looking at, it might be your best bet. The math on the GRE isn’t terrible, but it does require some closer study if math isn’t your strong suit.

Post # 9
1580 posts
Bumble bee

I took the GMAT. In order to prepare, I just checked out some old prep books from my public library. They had the CD with practice tests on it and everything. Regardless of which test you take, I highly recommend checking materials out from a library- no need to spend the money on the new books.

I am a math person, and I thought the math portion of the exam was challenging (obviously it is supposed to be, and maybe I just got a lot of early questions right so it become more difficult). I wish I would have studied probablilty a little bit more. I’m not really an English person, but I did better on that section. My issue with the math was that I knew there was a right answer, and I hate moving on without getting the answer, so time-management was difficult for me. But I think all of the tests are now in the computer-based format where you can’t skip a question and go back. I liked the verbal section because it was a lot of reasoning and grammar, not just vocab and stuff.

Which test do most people applying to the school take? If you’re a good test-taker, then I would take that one to give yourself a clear number score better than other applicants. If you’re not such a good test-taker, I go with one of the exams that is less popular.

Post # 10
277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I took the GMAT, but I am in Business school for my graduate degree. If you aren’t going to a business school, I would probably go for a GRE since it’s cheaper and more versatile.

If you ARE planning on business school, take the GMAT. Even though you are allowed to take any of them, it is the standard test for b-school and has been for a long time. They may accept GREs now at many b-schools, but it is rather new. The people accepting applicants are familiar with GMAT scores and what they translate to.

They even recommend that people re-take the GMAT after finishing their MBA because many companies will pull scores to see if it is worth interviewing the applicant!

Post # 11
10 posts

I’ve been helping BF do some research on business schools, so hopefully some of this info will help! I think it depends a lot on if you’re going to b-school or not. Many b-schools will take the GRE, but some will not, so if you are considering b-school, check with the ones in your area/the ones you’d be interested to see if they will accept the GRE.

From what I understand the GRE is much more content based — meaning you have to study vocab words and things of that nature, whereas the GMAT is more applying methods etc. I would think the right way to approach it is to head to the library, flip through both types of prep books and get a feel for both tests. Realistically you should see which would best suit your strengths as a test taker while also keeping in mind the requirements of the schools you’ll be applying to.

Good luck!!

Post # 12
13662 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I agree with taking the GRE and getting the Princeton Review Study Book. Also, the GRE is designed to make it easier to get a higher score on math than verbal, so if you struggle in math, that may help.

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