GRE or GMAT? - One of the most frequently asked questions. Students are almost confused and usually ask this question. What if I want to stand out from the crowd with my MBA application, which is the best option for me? This question usually is stuck in everyone's mind.
GRE, administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), is an admission exam used by various graduate schools, including business and law schools. The exam is designed to test different skills of the students like verbal, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, etc.
GRE can be taken up to five times in any 12-month rolling period. If the test is taken more than once then anyone's best score can be chosen to be sent to the schools to which the candidate feels to apply.
The GMAT administered by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), is an entrance exam for admission to business schools and MBA programs. The exam measures reasoning and critical thinking skills to demonstrate the ability of the candidate to succeed in top graduate business programs.
Candidates can retake the GMAT at a testing center up to five times in a rolling 12-month period.
If we look at the overall difficulty level of GMAT vs GRE, both exams are similar in this regard. The main difference lies in the quant and verbal section which varies in difficulty level.
Here is a table that gives the differences between the GMAT and GRE:
|Content||Analytical Writing section with one essay: 30 mins||Analytical Writing sections: 2x30 minute essays|
|Integrated Reasoning section: 30 mins||Verbal Reasoning sections: 2x30 mins|
|Quantitative section: 62 mins||Quantitative Reasoning: 2x35 mins (computer-delivered version: timings vary slightly in the paper-delivered test)|
|Verbal section: 65 mins||30-35-minute experimental section that can be either math or verbal|
|GMAT verbal gives more emphasis on grammar, logic, and reasoning. GMAT quant is harder if math isn't your strength.||GRE gives more focus on vocabulary, making it easier for native versus non-native English speakers.|
|If math isn't your forte, the GRE could be more suited to you.|
|Format||Computer-adaptive test||Computer delivered or paper delivered|
|Test time||3 hours 30 minutes||3 hours 45 minutes|
|How it's scored||Total scores range from 200-800.||Scores from 130-170 in 1 point increments for verbal and quantitative reasoning sections; scores from 0-6 in analytical writing|
|Test Validity||5 years||5 years|
|How the test is administered||Computer-based test||Computer-based and paper-based (where computer-based tests are not available)|
|Test Format||Computer adaptive test||Computer adaptive test|
|Number of sections||4||6|
|Test duration||3 hours 7 minutes||3 hours 45 minutes|
|AWA section||1 essay – 30 minutes||2 essays – 60 minutes|
|IR section||12 questions – 30 minutes||NA|
|Quant Section||1 section – 31 questions – 62 minutes||20 questions each in 2 sections – 70 minutes|
|Verbal Section||1 section – 36 questions – 65 minutes||20 questions each in 2 sections – 60 minutes|
|Test Score Range||200 – 800 (in 10-point increment)||260 – 340 ( in 1-point increment)|
|Quant score range||6 – 51 (scaled score)||130 – 170|
|Verbal score range||6 – 51 (scaled score)||130 – 170|
|IR score||1 – 8||NA|
|AWA score||0 – 6||0 – 6|
Here's a course of action that will help the candidates to decide which is really better:
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