Low 160s GRE. Re-take GRE or study for GMAT?

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I scored in the low 160s for both the quant and verbal section of the GRE. My quant score needs improvement.

I have a low GPA and plan on applying for a MSF program. I suspect a high gmat score would be better than a high GRE to offset my GPA (this would allow the school to boast about high GMAT #'s if they're #'s whores).

Would it be wiser to study for the GMAT given my situation? How much time should I allocate to additional prep? 1 month? 2 months?

Comments (3)

Dec 21, 2012

Your logic makes sense. I mean since you didn't do so hot on the GRE and anyhow the schools prefer GMAT, might as well take the other test.

I think to really prepare the GMAT well, though it'll take you likely in the range of three/four months minimum (some people prepare for a year or more). And it's better to be fully prepared before taking your first shot. Plus you got plenty of time before next year's apps...

Dec 21, 2012

At least two months for the GMAT. I thought the quant part on the GMAT was significantly harder than on the GRE. My split on the two basically reversed.

Dec 21, 2012