GMAT or GRE for business school? (When applying from Africa)

There are a few factors to weigh up when deciding between tests. These are generalisations so there may be other personal factors you need to consider (like if there are even test centres in your country!).

Here are some factors to consider:

Pros of taking the GMAT:

  • If you are interested in consulting, firms like McKinsey and Bain would like to see a GMAT score over 700 to consider your application. So if you want to keep this option open, go for the GMAT. 
  • If you may want to study at GIBS in SA, you need the GMAT if you do not have a degree. All candidates (degreed and non-degreed) need a GMAT score to apply to UCT’s GSB. These schools don’t accept the GRE.
  • Some scholarships and fellowships based on merit use the GMAT as a metric. A good GMAT score could mean paying less for Business School. 

Pros of taking the GRE:

  • The GRE is the more straightforward test and a good option if you are looking at other masters courses outside of business school that require a standardised test (particularly in the US).
  • Business School rankings take into account GMAT but not GRE scores. If your score is below average, but you are an above average candidate, a GRE score rather than a GMAT score may work in your favour. 

Other factors to consider:

The GMAT is supposed to be harder on the quant side and easier on the verbal side than the GRE but I don’t think that’s always true. I am not the best maths student but found the focus on logic (which I am good at)  in the GMAT helped boost my quant score. That being said, I’ve noticed test takers who do both tests seem to have more or less equivalent scores across tests. 

It is easier to switch from the GMAT to the GRE than the other way around, so the GMAT might be a better starting point if you are undecided. 

Admissions Africa offers support for both GMAT and GRE prep. Click herefor more information.