Afraid of the GMAT? That’s fine. More than 1,000 business schools worldwide now accept MBA applicants’ scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) instead.
An Oct. 9 news release by testing agency Educational Testing Service (ETS), the agency that administers the GRE, states the organization brings in new business school partners almost daily. To David Payne, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Higher Education Division at ETS, this is not a surprise.
”Schools want great candidates for their MBA and specialized master’s programs,” he said in the release, “and they recognize that GRE test takers are a highly qualified, highly diverse population. We’ve gotten great feedback from business schools who say they are pleased to see the number of applicants with GRE scores rise with each admissions cycle.”
Students may prefer to take the GRE rather than the GMAT for a variety of reasons, primarily if they are looking at graduate programs in addition to MBA programs, because they would only have to take one test rather than both the GRE and GMAT. The cost of taking the GRE is also lower than that of the GMAT. Finally, the GRE offers “test-taker friendly features,” according to the news release, such as its preview/review function, onscreen calculator, and ScoreSelect option that allows students to decide which scores to send to which schools.
Many top online MBA programs accept GRE scores, including the programs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Indiana University, Arizona State University, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Pepperdine University, and George Washington University.
Top international schools accepting GRE scores include Hult International Business School, France’s INSEAD, and the University of Cambridge.
-Anna Schumann, @ASchumannCMN