The Dominate Test Prep Podcast

42. GMAT vs. GRE for MBA Admissions

April 14, 2021 Brett Ethridge / Dominate Test Prep
The Dominate Test Prep Podcast
42. GMAT vs. GRE for MBA Admissions
Show Notes

You've decided that you're going to business school. Congratulations! That's step 1. Now you need to decide which standardized test you're going to take as part of the admissions process, the GMAT or the GRE. While similar in a number of ways, the two exams differ in several key ways, and you want to ensure that you take the one that gives you the best shot at getting a competitive score. This episode compares and contrasts the two tests and gives you important things to consider so that you can make an informed decision. Specifically we discuss:

  • Four (4) key questions that will provide clarity as to whether the GMAT or GRE is a better fit for you
  • Key similarities and differences between the quantitative sections of the GMAT vs. GRE
  • Key similarities and differences between the verbal sections of the GMAT vs. GRE
  • A fun and enlightening illustration of a common grammar rule tested on Sentence Correction questions on the GMAT
  • How differences between the scoring algorithms on the two tests lead to contrasting ways of navigating the exams, and which one may benefit certain types of test-takers
  • Whether or not you should switch exams if you've already started preparing for one but aren't seeing the results you want
  • The power of commitment and the importance of going "all-in" once you decide which exam you're going to take
  • And more!

Choosing between the GMAT and GRE is stressful for a lot of MBA applicants, but it doesn't have to be. After listening to this episode you will better understand the two tests, know your key decision points, and have a strong intuition as to whether the GMAT or GRE is the right option for you. Regardless of which one you choose, we're confident that you can get a great score with proper preparation!


  1. Reprint of the Far Side comic discussed in this episode
  2. GMAT vs. GRE: What's the Difference? (Article)
  3. GMAT vs. GRE: Which is Right for You? (Video)
  4. Free GMAT practice tests from the GMAC
  5. Blog: How to Get the Free GRE Practice Tests from ETS
  6. Complete GMAT and GRE prep courses with Dominate Test Prep

Here's the original caption under the Far Side comic: "The class abruptly stopped practicing. Here was an opportunity to not only employ their skills, but also to save the entire town."


If you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out these other relevant episodes of The Dominate Test Prep Podcast:

  1. Episode 34: How to Determine Where to Apply, with Linda Abraham
  2. Episode 28: The Value of an MBA, with Tim Munyon
  3. Episode 22:

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