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  • GMAT vs. GRE

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    Taking the GRE for Admission to Business School

    Did you know that a growing number of MBA programs now accept GRE General Test scores for admission? In fact, more than 700 MBA programs have signed on so far. And that translates into more options for you! So before you apply to business school, find out what admissions tests your schools will accept.

    Admissions trends show that more and more undergrads are interested in business school. And business schools are looking for a diverse admission pool, not just candidates with a background in business.

    Whether you take the GMAT or GRE, we can help you achieve your best score!

    From private tutoring to classroom courses and online programs, our prep packages are designed with you in mind. No matter what your unique needs are, we have a program that's right for you.

    Learn more about all of our GMAT test prep options

    Learn more about all of our GRE test prep options

    What are the differences between the GMAT and GRE?

    Here's a handy chart to help you compare the two tests.

    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 75-minute Analytic section with two essays, two 30-minute Verbal sections and two 35-minute Quantitative sections. There's also a 30-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 in paper-based and computer-adaptive by section formats.
    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.
    Testing Time
    3+ hours depending on the format
    3.5 hours
    How Long Are Scores Valid For?
    5 years
    5 years

    Which schools accept the GRE?

    Our goal is to help you to get into one of your top-choice business schools. We recommend you research the schools you're interested in and find out if they also accept the GRE. Click here to see the list of the 700 schools that currently accept both the GRE and the GMAT.

    Which test is right for me?

    The best way to determine whether the GMAT or GRE is better suited to your abilities is to get your feet wet with a practice test for each exam. Getting into business school is competitive and you don't want to take an actual GRE or GMAT sight unseen. We offer FREE full-length computer-adaptive diagnostic tests for both the GRE and the GMAT.

    Start your free GRE practice test now

    Start your free GMAT practice test now

    How will business schools look at my GRE score?

    Comparing your GMAT and GRE scores is like comparing apples to oranges. Both ETS (the folks who administer the GRE) and GMAC (the folks who administer the GMAT) use comparison tools to put students' scores into perspective. Many MBA programs that accept the GRE use the ETS comparison tool as a benchmark. So the smart thing to do is to research your chosen schools to see what score range is required for admission.

    Check out the ETS Comparison Tool

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