Ask Test Masters – Is the GRE Okay for Business School?


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Ethan recently asked Test Masters’ Twitter, “More B-schools are accepting GRE scores in lieu of GMAT now. For top schools, do you think it’s safe to go GRE?”


“Is the GRE okay for business school?” is a great question; the short answer is yes. The revisions to the GRE were done with the specific intention of making the GRE a test that can be used for a wider range of graduate admissions, with particular attention given to MBA admissions. As of 2006, GMAC (makers and administrators of the GMAT) severed their non-compete contract with ETS; in turn, ETS redesigned the GRE so that the GRE could compete for a larger market share of gradu, and they have succeeded admirably in that purpose.

In 2009 Harvard became the first really prestigious university to begin accepting GRE scores in place of GMAT scores, and most universities have since followed suit. There are a few hold-outs, but more and more of US News’ Top 100 Business Schools are accepting the GRE as well as the GMAT. You can learn more about it in this article, “The New GRE- GMAT Killer?”

Hope this helps!

The Test Masters Team

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