ACCORDING TO A SEPTEMBER 2015 SURVEY
by Kaplan Test Prep, 90 percent of 222 business schools in the U.S. and Great Britain allow applicants to submit scores from the GRE entrance exam instead of the GMAT. That’s up from 85 percent in 2014 and up considerably from just 24 percent in 2009. Among admissions officers, 42 percent reported that more applicants submitted GRE scores in 2015 than in 2014.
"GRE test-takers are less likely to have traditional business backgrounds," says Brain Carlidge, Kaplans Test Prep's executive director of pre-business and pre-graduate programs. He adds that, while more schools are accepting the GRE, some still give more weight to the GMAT—25 percent of admissions officers say that applicants who submit GMAT scores still have an advantage over those who submit GRE scores, up from 18 percent in 2014. Even so, 74 percent of admissions officers who responded report that they give both tests equal weight in admissions decisions.