More than 1,200 MBA programs now accept scores from the GMAT or GRE for business school admissions, and that means more options for you. Before you decide which test to take, research the schools you're interested in and find out if they accept the GRE as well as the GMAT. Compare the differences between the GMAT and the GRE below.
|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 are two 30-minute Verbal Reasoning sections. 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.|
|Testing Time||3.5 hours using paper or 3.75 hours using computer||3.5 hours|
|How Long Are Scores Valid For?||5 years||5 years|
GMAT vs GRE Scores for MBA Programs
Admissions trends are showing that business schools are looking for applicants with more than just a business background, and that means that the GMAT is not the only test in the game anymore. Since the GMAT and the GRE are completely different tests, comparing scores on the two is like comparing apples to oranges. ETS (the folks who administer the GRE) and GMAC (the folks who administer the GMAT) both use comparison tools to put student’s scores into perspective, but many MBA programs use the ETS comparison tool as a benchmark. To get the most out of your score and your application, you should research your chosen schools to see what score ranges they require for admission. Use our business school search to research the MBA programs on your list.
Is one test easier?
In general, the GMAT suits those who have strong quantitative and analytical skills, who also excel at interpreting data presented in charts, tables, and text to solve complex problems. The GRE math section tends to be more straightforward and, unlike the GMAT, includes a calculator for all quantitative problems. Strong editors may gravitate to the GMAT’s verbal section while test-takers with strong vocabularies may prefer the GRE. Both tests have their “oddball” question types—Quantitative Comparison on the GRE and Data Sufficiency on the GMAT—that will take some prep to get used to.
How do I choose?
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 full-length computer-adaptive diagnostic tests for both the GRE and the GMAT.
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. We have prep options for both the GMAT and GRE to ensure you get the best score possible.