GMAT or GRE – that is the question

Which graduate admission test should you take and how should you prepare for the test? And who is required to take the test?
Kuvassa näkyy Kauppakorkeakoulun maisteriopiskelija Elina Mäkelä.
First-year student in the Master’s Programme in Global Management Elina Mäkelä chose the GRE test because it fitted better for her strenghts. Photo: Susanna Rosin / Aalto University.

Applicants to Master's programmes at the School of Business are required to take either the GMAT or the GRE test if their basic education is a Bachelor’s degree from a university of applied sciences in Finland or from a higher education institution abroad. The only exception to this is the Finnish study option of Yritysjuridiikka. Those applying to the study option of Finance are always required to take the GMAT or the GRE test.

The tests carry equal value when students apply to a Master’s programme at the School of Business, meaning that neither is considered superior to the other. Which test the student decides to take usually depends on the student's strengths or how the test schedules fit in the student’s calendar.

 

Choice of test was based on own strengths

‘It was clear to me that I would choose the GRE test from these two options,’ says Elina Mäkelä, a first-year student in the Master’s Programme in Global Management.

‘I googled and found an online test that helped me choose between these two tests. I based my decision on my strengths, which are analytical and critical thinking and the ability to justify matters convincingly,’ Elina Mäkelä continues.

Seowon Jung, who has just started to study in the Master’s Programme in Marketing, took the GMAT test. 

‘I chose the GMAT because I think it measures logical and mathematical thinking more and requires less memorizing than the GRE test,’ Seowon Jung says.

Kuvassa näkyy Markkinoinnin maisteriohjelman opiskelija Seowon Jung.
Seowon Jung, first-year student in the Master's Programme in Marketing, chose the GMAT test that does not require a lot of memorizing. Photo: Susanna Rosin / Aalto University.

Careful preparation is worthwhile

No matter which of the two tests you choose, you should prepare for it carefully.

‘I bought a prep book recommended by the GRE test administrator in an online bookstore and prepared for the test by reading and completing the assignments and practice tests in the book. I studied for the test alongside work for a few weeks, a few hours every day,’ says Elina Mäkelä.

Seowon Jung also studied for the GMAT test alongside work, and she recommends a few months’ preparation time.

‘In my home country South Korea, working days can be very long, so you may not necessarily have the energy to study for hours after a day at work. That is why I recommend preparing for the test over a longer period of time, so that the daily reading time is reasonable.’

More information about applying to the School of Business available at test events

We will organise additional GMAT and GRE test events together with the test administrators for those interested in studying in the master's degree programmes of the School of Business.

GMAT test on 24 October 2019 (SwanIT)

GRE test 5 November 2019 (Kielikoulu Nuevo Mundo)

An expert and a student from the School of Business will be present at the test venue. After completing the test you can ask them anything you would like to know about applying or studying.

 

Registration:

GMAT test on 24 October 2019

GRE test on 5 November 2019 

Please note that the registration for this GRE test event begins on 25 October.

 

Aalto University School of Business students

GMAT and GRE exams

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Records Examination (GRE) is required for School of Business study options.

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Applying to master’s programmes

The admissions to the two-year master’s programmes at Aalto University are organised once a year. The application period for studies beginning in the autumn of 2020 runs from 2 December 2019 to 3 January 2020.

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Master's Programme in Global Management (including CEMS MIM)

The Global Management (GM) / CEMS programme prepares ambitious students for a career in influential positions in international organisations. A driven student community, close collaboration with CEMS corporate partners and an exchange semester provide a strong foundation for students to develop a global mindset and gain leadership skills. Graduates become members of a truly global and lifelong CEMS network comprising over 14,400 alumni and 108 different nationalities, working at some of the world’s leading companies in over 75 countries.

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Master's Programme in Marketing

Organisations today seek talent that understands how global trends, such as digitalisation, globalisation and circular economy, affect their core business, strategy and brand. The Master’s Programme in Marketing prepares students to face these challenges and provides them with the skills and knowledge to drive a global market and customer strategy. As a result, graduates are well-equipped in bringing customer and market insights to strategic decision making of companies competing in global markets.

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