GMAT vs GRE scores comparison for HEC, ESCP, ESSEC

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  • Posted by Sleed on 02/18/14 5:43pm


    I have a small dilemma here: I had to take the GMAT for the MiM (HEC, ESSEC, ESCP) but I also took the GRE a year ago. My question is simple, which scores should I send for admission to the top French schools?

    GMAT: 650 (Q41, V39), AWA 6.0 (91 percentile)
    I scored (a lot) lower than expected on my GMAT exam on the quantitative section (52 percentile) but the verbal was good (88 percentile). Unfortunately I do not have time to retake the exam.

    GRE: Quant: 164/170 (89 percentile) Verbal: 157/170 (73 percentile) Analytical Writing: 4.5 (78 percentile)
    When I took the GRE I solely focused on Quant so my verbal is not as good, but I believe it is still good considering that the GRE Verbal and Essays are relatively harder than their GMAT equivalents (at least in my opinion).

    What do you recommend, should I send the GRE or the GMAT? Do you know if these schools use a comparison chart? Do they place more importance on the quantitative section of theses tests? (I am not a native speaker)

    Thank you,


    • Posted by Thomas Graf on 02/18/14 7:43pm

      Hi there,

      thank you for your question. Here is my recommendation in hierarchical order:

      (1) Always send what the school requires. If they want the GMAT only, send the GMAT.

      (2) If the school allows for both - the GRE or the GMAT - I would send the result with the higher overall score (translated into as percentiles).

      (3) If the overall score is the same or rather similar and the quantitative scores (again: measured as percentiles) differ a lot, then I would send the test with the higher quantitative score.

      Best wishes

      by Thomas Graf

    • Posted by Sleed on 02/18/14 8:00pm

      Thank you for your answer Thomas,

      1. Yes the schools SAI (HEC, ESCP, EM Lyon...) do accept the GRE as well as the GMAT. Do they treat them equally? I have no idea.

      2. How do you find the composite score for the GRE? They only give you the individual components scores and percentiles.

      Alternatively, do you think I can ask them directly?


      • Posted by Thomas Graf on 02/19/14 10:56am

        Hi there,

        if schools allow for both then they always treat them equally. The GRE has no composite score, sorry for my misleading suggestion before. In your case, I would be afraid that the GMAT quantitative percentile (51%) could be considered as too low. Since your GRE Quantitative percentile is higher (89%), I would clearly submit the GRE.

        Best wishes

        By Thomas Graf

    • Posted by Sleed on 02/19/14 3:20pm

      Thanks Thomas

  • Posted by kelvin on 09/02/18 11:25am

    hi sir,
    i want to pursue MIM and i am in a dilemma whether i should prepare for Gmat or Gre.Also i have researched about it and found out that almost all universities are accepting both. so what should i do?

  • Posted by thomas.graf on 09/03/18 9:54am

    Hi there,

    I don't know much about the GRE and cannot tell you whether this test is easier or more difficult than the GMAT. But personally, I would go for the GMAT, at least if you aim at doing a Master's degree (Master in Management or MBA) in Europe as the GMAT appears to be more proliferated here. In the US, GMAT and GRE seem to be equally important. This is my personal impression, no statistical result.

    Best regards,

    By Thomas Graf
    Owner MIM Compass
    Author of the MIM eBook