GMAT or GRE – Which One Will You Submit?

By: Jeromy Manser

The Graduate Record Exam, commonly referred to as the GRE, is a standardized test taken by graduate school candidates as a requirement for admission.  Similar to the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test), the GRE measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills.  For the first time in the admissions process, the Simon Graduate School of Business will now accept the GRE as an alternative to the GMAT for candidates completing an application for full-time MBA and Masters programs (test scores are optional for MS Marketing and MS Medical Management programs).

One advantage in accepting the GRE is that it allows the Simon School to strengthen its applicant pool – approximately 600,000 people take the GRE every year, while only about 270,000 take the GMAT.  It also follows a significant trend of prominent business schools that have revised their admissions requirements to accommodate GRE test scores.

An average score has yet to be calculated for candidates submitting GRE results with their Simon School application as the process is in its early stages, but in keeping with the Simon School’s academic standards, the following GRE to GMAT converter can serve as a reference tool in calculating your score as you complete and prepare to submit your application.

GRE to GMAT Conversion Chart:

In completing an application, candidates are encouraged to submit their best GMAT or GRE test score, but are also reminded that GRE and GMAT scores are one of a multitude of criteria in evaluating candidates for admission.

For additional questions related to the Simon School’s Admissions requirements please visit For material preparation, a list of testing centers, and additional information related to the GRE, please visit

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