The GMAT And GRE comes in several different forms: the subject tests (such as psychology or computer science) and the GRE General Exam. The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is a required part of the admissions process for most business schools. Business schools will often state their requirements on the admissions page of their website. In addition, some graduate finance and economics programs use the GMAT. The Educational Testing Service administers the G.R.E. and used to do the same for the GMAT before losing the rights two years ago to ACT Inc. and Pearson.

The schools that have agreed to accept both exams are toeing the line and saying that either score should be fine. “Good people always manage to shine whether they take the GMAT or GRE,” says Rod Garcia, director of MBA admissions at the MIT Sloan School of Management, which was among the first B-schools to accept both tests. For non-native speakers, the GRE requires a far broader knowledge of vocabulary, writing skills and general subjects than the GMAT. Without good English and writing skills it is impossible to get a good score in the GRE. So, for non-fluent English speakers, our advice in this case is to stick with the GMAT.