First of all, it is important to understand that the GRE is not the end all be all test. Sure, it is going to give you a good idea of what kind of grad-level coursework you are going to have to take in the future, but it is not going to be the end all. The GMAT is more appropriate for people who are ready to take on the rigors of an advanced course. So if you are a strong communicator, have a strong grasp of statistics, and are able to get across questions in an interesting way, then taking the GMAT might be the right choice for you.
Second, think about the price. If you want to take the GMAT just once, then it is definitely going to cost you less than the GRE. However, if you are planning on taking multiple times, then it is definitely going to cost you more. It is generally double the cost of the GRE to go back and take it again, as well as pay for the transportation. For some people, this isn’t an issue, but it is something to keep in mind.
Third, is it going to be hard to review the material? This is an issue for people who take the GRE and don’t like to review. Since each section of the exam is going to have different material, you are going to have to spend quite a bit of time going through it. If you are reviewing for the GMAT, then you will have a lot more time to spend on it and you will find that the GMAT is much easier to review for.
Fourth, is it going to be difficult to take the test? The GRE is much more difficult than the GMAT, so it is expected to be a little harder to take. On the other hand, many people have reported that taking the GRE was much easier than the GMAT. Again, this is mostly due to the amount of time that is required to take each test. If you plan on spending four years studying for the GMAT, then the GRE might be a little too tough.
Fifth, is it going to be difficult to study for the tests? The GMAT is designed so that you will spend a lot of time studying and then taking the actual test at the end of the semester. Some people don’t like this idea, because it does seem like you are cheating yourself out of having to take the test. However, you will still spend about 4 years learning for the GMAT and the GRE. In the end, you should figure out whether or not the time and effort are worth the results. The difference between the two tests is quite significant.
Sixth, is the test going to be made up of multiple choice tests? The GRE is primarily used to determine which areas of the language are weak and which ones are strong. The GMAT, however, is used for all of the subjects in education and for every section except for the core curriculum tests. Many people believe that the GRE is unfair because it is primarily based on memorization, while the GMAT is based purely on skills.
Seventh is the GMAT harder than the GRE? Well, that all depends upon who is taking the test. If you are a great speed runner, who can take an entire test to memorize all of the answers, then you might have a hard time grasping the concepts of the GRE. However, if you’re an introvert who is able to only think and give oral presentations, then you might have an easier time with the GMAT.