Which should you take?
Many schools are accepting both the GRE and GMAT exams now. Many MBA programs, including those at leading business schools, accept the GRE test for admission in place of the GMAT. Similarly, many Masters programs accept GMAT scores in place of the GRE.
It is important that you check with the school you are applying to see which test is accepted:
Below is an overview of the differences between the two exams:
|Who Requires it?||Required test for admission to most business schools and some graduate schools.||Required test for admission to most graduate schools and a growing number of business schools.|
|Test Structure||Analytic Writing: 1 essay: 30 min.
Integrated Reasoning: 30 min.
Quantitative: 75 min.
Verbal: 75 min.
TOTAL: 3.5 hours
|Analytic Writing: 2 Essays: 30 min. each
Quantitative: 2 sections: 35 min.
Verbal: 2 sections: 35 min.
Experimental section: either math or verbal. (not scored)
TOTAL: About 4 hours
|Test Format||Computer-adaptive test||Computerized multi- stage test|
|Scoring||Overall score ranging from 200-800, in 10 point increments; plus sub scores for each individual section of the test.||The Verbal and Quantitative scores ranging from 130 to 170 in 1-point increments. The essay is scored from 0-6 in .5 point increments.|
|Key Differences||Quantitative section more difficult.||English vocabulary strongly tested.|
|Price||$250 +VAT||$195 +VAT|
What does this mean?
For MBA applicants, if you already hold a GRE score you may not need to take the GMAT in order to get into certain business schools. Similarly, if you are daunted by the GMAT and think the GRE might be easier for you, then you may have the choice of doing either test, depending on which programs you are targeting.
If English is your second language or more difficult for you, or you are just stronger in math than the GMAT might be the better exam for you to take. Vice versa, if you have a strong English background but struggle in math then the GRE may be the better option for you.
Still Can't Decide?
If you need help deciding which test is best for you, then speak to the admissions advisor at the school you are applying and check which test is required. If you have the choice of taking either test, you should make a decision based on your own strengths.