Kaplan Survey: Most MBA Programs Now Accept GRE Scores, but GMAT Still Gives Applicants a Competitive Edge

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New York, NY (December 16, 2015) — Kaplan Test Prep’s 2015 survey of 222 business schools across the United States and Great Britain finds that 90%–an all time high–allow applicants to submit a GRE score instead of a GMAT score, once the only admissions test option for business schools.* This is a 5% increase over last year and a big jump from 2009, when Kaplan’s survey found only a quarter (24%) of business schools allowed students to submit a GRE score. Additionally, 42% of admissions officers in 2015 reported an increase in the number of applicants submitting GRE scores, compared to 2014.

“Accepting GRE scores helps business schools attract a more diverse applicant pool because GRE test-takers are less likely to have traditional business backgrounds in fields like financial services, marketing, or consulting,” said Brian Carlidge, executive director of pre-business and pre-graduate programs, Kaplan Test Prep.

Yet, despite this increased acceptance of GRE scores, the GMAT might still give applicants an edge at some schools. Twenty-five (25%) percent of admissions officers say applicants who submit a GMAT score have an admissions advantage over those who submit a GRE score, an increase from 18% in Kaplan’s 2014 survey. Only 2% say those who submit a GRE score have the advantage, a drop from 4% in 2014. For the majority (74%), neither has the advantage.

“Even with the increased number of applicants submitting GRE scores, students need to understand that some schools are still reluctant to give both tests equal footing,” added Carlidge. “Our advice to students is to gather admissions intel and ask the business schools to which they will apply if there’s a preference one way or the other.”

Carlidge points out that while the exams include different content, achieving a high percentile is equally challenging on both.

For more information about Kaplan’s survey, contact Russell Schaffer at 212.453.7538 or russell.schaffer@kaplan.com.

*The survey was conducted between August 2015 and September 2015 of admissions officers at 222 business schools in the United States (217) and United Kingdom (5). Among the 222 business schools are 20 of the top 50, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

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