I've been trying to find a thread that relates to this, but haven't found a relevant one. I'm planning on pursuing a MBA dual degree with a masters in another field (leaning towards urban planning, but basically something that doesn't require the GMAT). The plus side with urban planning and some other masters programs is that there isn't as much of an emphasis on rankings as business schools, with it mostly being driven by going to school in the market you generally want to be in post grad. Post grad I'm interested in a combination of infrastructure investing/project finance as well as in planning, hence wanting to get a masters in something else.
Given that both programs accept at least the GRE, I figured I'd take just that. However, I don't have a high GPA (below 3.5) and went to a non-target state school. As a result, I'm wondering whether it would be a good idea to take both since the GMAT is perceived as a harder test and would be a better way to present myself to an adcom. I'm also trying to focus on extracurricular activities (recently became involved in a local charity) in the meantime before applying. Obviously I'd like to go to the best school I can get into, but at the same time I have to be realistic about schools I would actually be able to get into.
Monkeys, since I can't go back in time and fix my GPA and can only change things going forward, what extracurriculars do you suggest that I focus on and whether I should take both the GMAT and the GRE?