Christine Sneva, Acting Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell, wrote an interesting post earlier today comparing the GRE and the GMAT from the Admissions Committee perspective.
Johnson Accepting both the GRE and GMAT
Cornell is one of a growing number of business schools that have started accepting the GRE for MBA applications. That said, they expect the majority of students will submit a GMAT score this season and still view the GMAT as a “common denominator” among applicants.
Viewed as Equals
Sneva comments that despite questions about the relative difficulty of the GRE versus the GMAT,
… as a committee, we view both exams as equal components that can provide us information regarding an applicant’s academic ability. As always, we view these tests jointly with an undergraduate transcript. We also heavily consider any subsequent coursework taken that contributes to the relevant analytical courses you will experience in our curriculum. Regardless of what exam we are reviewing for an individual, we take everything into account when evaluating academic readiness and potential.
Sneva also provides a useful summary of the comprehensive manner in which Johnson evaluates every applicant, highlighting the adcom’s focus on admitting candidates that are academically prepared for the learning experience ahead.
You can read her entire post by clicking here.