FEMALE APPLICANTS MORE LIKELY TO PREFER GRE
Not surprisingly, the survey found that the vast majority of business school applicants–just under 90%–submit the GMAT with their applications. But AIGAC found that female applicants were more likely to prefer the GRE than men, mostly because of the test format and outcomes as well as the flexibility it gave them to apply to non-business programs (see below). Respondents said they preferred the GRE because it gave them the option to “skip questions and return later” to them, or because they could change their responses during the test, or because they had already “struggled” with the GMAT.
Shrum said the GMAT remains the “largest source of anxiety” for business school applicants. “Many of them see the GMAT as a smoking gun,” he said. Many applicants who are either rejected by their target schools or waitlisted think, “‘If only I had taken it again or had a higher score I could have gotten in.’ For some people who have given up on the GMAT, they are increasingly choosing the GRE. This is still a small number, but it is an interesting trend, and women express that far more than men. As many as one in six women submitted either the GRE or both. With men it is one in ten. This is a meaningful difference, and it is something that jumped out at us.”