Forum: GMAT, TOEFL, and other tests (8 Comments)


  • Posted by - Nikitha - on 25 December 2012 - 1:25pm


    For the MIM course, I have checked the entry requirement for almost all universities. Most of them require/ specifies GMAT or GRE.

    For applying the MIM course , is it sufficient if I show only the GRE score ?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Posted by - - on 26 August 2014 - 9:11am

      i think GRE is better than GMAT..

    • Posted by - ericel - on 10 September 2013 - 6:53pm

      Hi Thomas,

      I will applying to French Business schools (mainly considering HEC and ESCP) in 2014, and I was hoping you could clarify something for me.

      As applicants are asked to submit a GMAT or GRE score, I recently contacted the schools to ask them what would be considered a competitive score for both the GMAT and GRE. Although they say they do not consider the GMAT and GRE differently, it seems like they are not really familiar with the GRE test.

      Do you think it would be a disadvantage for me to apply with a GRE score (even if it is a good one)?

      Best wishes,

      • Posted by - Thomas Graf - on 11 September 2013 - 2:40pm

        Hi Eric,

        thank you for your question. I don't think it is a disadvantage as long as they formally require or allow for the GRE (for instance, as an alternative to the GMAT).

        As for the HEC Paris, they have an minimum GMAT score of around 640 for their Master in Management. This correspondents to 78 percentage ranking and, hence, around 327 in the GRE.

        Best wishes

        By Thomas Graf

        • Posted by - Thomas Graf - on 19 February 2014 - 5:46pm

          Hi there,

          thank you for this important hint. I meant the MINIMUM is around 640 (I have received this information directly from HEC). The median score as published on the HEC website indeed is 710.

          I am sorry for my typo in my previous post above and changed "average" to "minimum" already. Please let me know should you discover another post with the wrong information and I will be happy to change it.

          The GMAT is just one criterion and it is not the most important criterion. HEC told me that their primary selection criterion is the academic grade form the undergrad studies and even the best GMAT can not fully compensate an average GPA.

          It is not possible to quantify the GMAT exactly - but I think it becomes clear the priority:
          (1) GPA is most important; the better the GMAT the better for you; minimum should be 640 or more, however.
          (2) If your GPA is lower than your competitors, the GMAT gains importance and should be at least median if not above (>710).

          Best wishes

          By Thomas Graf

        • Posted by - Sleed - on 19 February 2014 - 4:03pm

          Hello Thomas,

          I was been reading many of your posts on this forum and I noticed that sometimes you wrote that the average GMAT for HEC Paris is around 640 but I believe you also wrote that it was 710 on some topics.Could you clarify this?

          Finally, how important is the GMAT in the admission decision at schools like HEC and ESCP? Is it important to be above a certain "threshold" after which other components of the application matter more?

          Thanks again!

    • Posted by - Nikitha - on 25 December 2012 - 9:05pm


      Thanks for your reply.
      I shall check it out.

      Thank You,

    • Posted by - Thomas Graf - on 25 December 2012 - 7:50pm

      Hi there,

      actually, this really depends. Some require neither GMAT nor GRE. Some require the GMAT only. And some require the GMAT or GRE.

      In our Global MIM Study 2012 among 48 programs worldwide, for instance, we found out that only 40 percent required the GMAT.

      Recently, I talked to HEC Paris. Traditionally, they require the GMAT. But recently they started to accept the GRE as well.

      You should find it out on the websites of the schools. If you have doubts, I recommend you to contact the admissions teams.

      Best wishes