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 business schools you're interested in and find out if they will accept GRE scores instead of GMAT scores. Compare the differences between the GMAT and the GRE exam content and structure below.

## GMAT vs. GRE Structure & Scoring

GREGMAT
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 30-minute Analytical Writing section. There are two Verbal Reasoning sections totaling 41 minutes. There are also two Quantitative Reasoning sections totaling 47 minutes. The GMAT consists of three 45 minute sections: Quantative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, and Data Insights.
Test Format Offered as a computer-adaptive by section exam. 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 205 to 805 in 10-point increments.
Cost \$220 \$250
Testing Time Just under 2 hours 2 hours, 15 minutes
How Long Are Scores Valid For? 5 years 5 years

## Which test is easier: GRE or GMAT?

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.