GRE vs GMAT

The Differences: GRE vs GMAT

If you want to apply to business school but don't want to take the GMAT, you may be in luck. More than 1,200 MBA programs now accept the GRE General Test in lieu of the GMAT for admissions, and that means more options for you. Admissions trends are showing that business schools are looking for applicants with more than just a background and experience in business, and that means that the GMAT is not the only test in the game anymore. Before you choose which test to take, you should find out what the schools you are applying to are looking for, and from there the choice is all up to you.

What's the difference?

The GMAT and the GRE are very different tests, but they have one thing in common. No matter which test you decide to take, you'll need to prepare if you want to get a score that admissions officers can’t ignore. Once you pick the test you want to take, your next step should be to choose how you want to prep for that test. We have prep options for both the GMAT and GRE to ensure you get the best score possible. To help you compare the differences between the tests, check out this handy chart.

GRE GMAT
Why Take It The test is required for admission to most graduate schools and a growing number of business schools. The test is required for admission to most business schools
Test Structure The GRE consists of a 60-minute Analytical Writing section - with two essays at 30 minutes each. There is a Verbal Reasoning section, also with two 30-minute parts. There are two 35-minute Quantitative Reasoning sections. There's also a 30-35 minute experimental section that can be either math or verbal. The GMAT consists of a 30-minute Analytic section with one essay, a 30-minute Integrated Reasoning section, a 75-minute Quantitative section and a 75- minute Verbal section.
Test Format Offered as a computer adaptive by section exam in the United States. The GMAT is a computer-adaptive test.
How It's Scored Verbal and Quantitative scores from 130 to 170 in 1-point increments The overall, or composite, GMAT score ranges from 200 to 800 in 10-point increments.
Cost $195 $250
Testing Time 3.5 hours using paper or 3.75 hours using computer 3.5 hours
How Long Are Scores 5 years 5 years


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