The GMAT is still on top. A survey by Kaplan Test Prep has revealed that most business school applicants choose to take the GMAT rather than the GRE despite the latter's increasing acceptance at top MBA programs. Kaplan asked: "If you knew that your top choices for business schools offered the option of allowing you to take either the GMAT or GRE entrance exam to qualify for their program, which would you be most likely to take?"
- 55 percent said they would take the GMAT
- 12 percent said they would take the GRE
- 12 percent said they would take both
Kaplan also asked prospective MBAs how they perceived the two tests. 47 percent said they think the GMAT is more difficult; 10 percent said they think the GRE is more difficult; and 14 percent said they thought the two equally difficult.
Kaplan's study is well timed. Not only will a new GRE format be launched in April 2011, but GMAT has also expanded its fee waiver program for underrepresented minorities and economically disadvantaged prospective students. The war is on!
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