What are the pros and cons of the GMAT vs GRE? Learn why the GMAT test is better for MBA applicants.

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If you’re planning on doing an MBA or a similar financial masters degree, the answer is most probably… GMAT. Here’s why: First, although they usually won’t admit it, most business schools trust the GMAT more than the GRE, because it is focused on MBA skills. Just look at the Reading Comprehension topics, the Integrated Reasoning section, Analytical Writing topics, and more. Second, the GMAT is better suited for Quantitative applicants – the Quant is harder in the GMAT than it is in the GRE (no calculator, no skipping between questions, Data Sufficiency is harder than the GRE’s Quantitative Comparison, and more). And third, the GRE Verbal is crazy hard – extreme vocabulary, complicated logic, and complicated question formats. The GMAT’s vocabulary is easy, and its Verbal sections’ focus on grammar makes preparing for it similar to math: applying rules, rather than figuring out variety of meanings and depending on various faint nuances as if the word was not English but Chinese… Nonetheless, you may want to consult with an admission consultant, as I know some of them advise to take both tests in certain instances. My two cents – save your time and money and take the GMAT.

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