This is the third in a series of posts on GMAT/GRE testing. We encourage you to review previous posts, if you have not already.
Before you make a final decision on which test to take, it’s best to research some of your target companies or industries and determine two things:
- The extent to which they evaluate a test score in reviewing job candidates.
- Whether they have a preference for one of the tests. At McCombs, we have found that most consulting and investment banking firms do look at the candidate’s score, and both industries historically have favored the GMAT.
Regardless of which test you take, you should consider it as another opportunity to not only impress the Admissions Committee, but also potential employers.
In the world of MBA Admissions, your numbers are not everything. Applicants do tend to focus on numbers when they submit an MBA application: Their undergraduate GPA, total GMAT/GRE score, quant and verbal scores, percentiles, etc. With limited seats in Texas MBA classes, measurable figures can be a very helpful tool when determining who best fits into our programs. But…
You are not just a simple sum of your numeric parts. The same way that you are not just left-handed or right-handed — your scores are part of you, but certainly do not define who you are.
We should say up front that putting your best numbers forward is important. That’s why getting your best test score and putting your best GPA into your application is a must. However, in our review of a typical MBA candidate, GMAT and GPA alone do not offer any consistent indication of success in the program. Even if you do have a 780 GMAT, this does not automatically indicate to us that you will make good grades, find an internship, thrive in your study groups, or find a good job after graduation. It is the combination of strong numbers, your unique story, a commitment to McCombs, and many other things that indicate how well you’ll do in the Texas MBA Program.
Once you’ve done your research on the format and content of the GMAT and GRE tests, you’re ready to settle on which one you want to take and start your preparation.
If you still need a review of each test to help you navigate the details, see our previous post examining both test options.
Test preparation is critical. The tests are rigorous, but your prep has the advantage of getting you in the right mindset for entering a top MBA program– where the exams and workload will be just as challenging, if not more so.
Prep tools include books that take you through the format of the test and offer practice exams, as well as formal prep classes (in person or online) and tutoring that can cost hundreds of dollars. Going with a more affordable option can work for some candidates.
“If you did well on the SAT or if you have a rigorous math background, you might be able to prepare on your own.”
– Jamie Nelson, an instructor with Manhattan Prep, which offers test prep classes in Dallas, Houston and Austin.
Here are some top prep tips from students and test prep instructors:
The final days of 2017 are here! Please note important MBA admissions dates below so you can stay ahead of events & application deadlines in the new year.
The McCombs School of Business will be closed for winter break from Friday, December 22, 2017 through Monday, January 1, 2018. Our offices will reopen on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Please contact us with any questions you anticipate before we close, as we will not be available during winter break.
Texas Full-Time MBA Announcements
MBA Student Coffee Chats | December 19 – January 6
Texas MBA students will be hosting coffees in cities across the U.S. and other countries to meet you for a casual conversation about life as an MBA student. We strongly encourage you to take this opportunity to get to know our program firsthand and ask any questions you have about the admissions process. Register now for a chat near you.
Texas Working Professional MBA Announcements
Multi-Program Information Sessions | January 9-17
We will be hosting information sessions in Austin, Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio in January. Register to meet us and learn more about our academic structure, student culture, and what sets us apart from other programs.
Round 2 Application Deadline- Dallas, Houston, Executive Austin | January 30
Start or submit your application by the January 30th deadline to receive your decision in early March.
The 2018-2019 Evening MBA Application
Review the deadlines and process for next year’s application. Mark your calendar for important dates and plan to start or submit your application by the March 27th Round 1 deadline.
Happy Holidays from Texas MBA Admissions!
It can be the most stressful part of an MBA application-– the requirement to take either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
At McCombs, the Admissions Committee does not waive this requirement for any of our Working Professional MBA programs (Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, or the Austin Evening programs) or for our Full-Time program.
So your first question will be: Which test do I take?
Like coffee vs. tea, or vanilla vs. chocolate ice cream, the choice is entirely yours. We have no preference, though more of our students end up choosing the GMAT because it is designed to prepare candidates specifically for business school. And some professions, like consulting and investment banking, do prefer that you have a GMAT score to report. (We’ll have more on this in a future blog post.)
While both tests have quantitative and verbal sections, they have noticeable differences. We encourage you to do your research and take practice tests to learn each test’s points of emphasis, and how they are scored.
Here are some key differences between the GMAT and GRE: