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With the GRE turning out to be all the more broadly acknowledged at top MBA programs all through the US, more MBA candidates consider it to be a suitable business college affirmation test. Truth be told, Kaplan’s 2015 affirmations officers study found that 90% of business colleges over the US and Great Britain now acknowledge both the GRE and the GMAT. A compelling August 2014 post from Harvard Business School affirmations executive Dee Leopold: “do we acknowledge both tests, as well as we are freethinker about our inclination,” he said. Subsequently, remember the accompanying contrasts while picking the test that will empower you to perform to the best of your capacity.

 Comparing GMAT & GRE!

GRE: The test is required for admission to most graduate schools and a growing number of business schools.
GMAT: The test is required for admission to most business schools.

  • The GRE costs $195, contrasted with the GMAT at $250. While $55 may not appear like a major ordeal, the value contrast may turn into an issue on the off chance that you have to retake the GMAT. The GRE is likewise offered at a bigger number of areas than the GMAT.
  • The verbal section of the GRE is focused more on vocabulary. The GMAT verbal puts more emphasis on grammar, logic and reasoning skills.
  • GRE math emphasizes quick number sense and number manipulation. GMAT math, however, requires you to create a systematic approach in order to answer word problems.


GMAT Test Section# of QuestionsQuestion TypesTiming
Analytical Writing Assessment1 TopicAnalysis of Argument30 Minutes
Integrated Reasoning12 QuestionsMulti-Source Reasoning
Graphics Interpretation
Two-Part Analysis
Table Analysis
30 Minutes
Quantitative37 QuestionsProblem Solving
Data Sufficiency
75 Minutes
Verbal41 QuestionsReading Comprehension
Critical Reasoning
Sentence Correction
75 Minutes
Total Exam Time3 hrs, 30 minutes


GRE Test Section# of QuestionsQuestion TypesTiming
Analytical Writing Measure2 TopicsAnalyze an Issue
Analyze an Argument
30 Minutes
30 Minutes
Quantitative (x2)20 Questions in each of the two sections
(40 total)
Multiple-Choice: Select One
Multiple-Choice: Select One or More
Numeric Entry
Quantitative Comparison
35 Minutes
per section
(70 mins total)
Verbal (x2)20 Questions in each of the two sections
(40 total)
Text Completion
Sentence Equivalence
Reading Comprehension
30 Minutes
per section
(60 mins total)
Total Exam Time3 hrs, 10 minutes


GRE: Offered in paper-based and computer-adaptive by section formats.
GMAT: The GMAT is a computer-adaptive test.

GRE: Verbal and Quantitative scores from 130 to 170 in 1-point increments.
GMAT: The overall, or composite, GMAT score ranges from 200 to 800 in 10-point increments.


GRE: Testing time:-3+ hours depending on the format
GMAT: Testing time:-3.5 hours


GRE: Scores valid for 5 years
GMAT: Scores valid for 5 years

  • If you are curious as to whether you are more suited for the GMAT or the GRE exam, the most accurate GMAT practice test is the one offered by GMAC called GMATPrep (Free GMATPrep® Software). It’s the equivalent of Powerprep for the GRE (POWERPREP II Software). Take both of those exams, and see which one you find easier/ more suited to your skill set.


Summary: [sociallocker] If you’re planning on doing masters then do go for GRE. IF you’re head-set on acquiring an MBA, then GMAT is the way to go. For people who want to keep diverse options open, GRE is the test to take. It opens more avenues and shuts none. That said, GMAT doesn’t actually shut avenues. It is just not meant to be all inclusive like GRE is. The price to give a GMAT exam is higher than that for a GRE exam. GMAT is a computer adaptive test while GRE consists of sections that are both computer adaptive as well as paper-written.  Some tiny differences between the two include differences in the time allotted for each test and also a variation in the way the sections of the two tests are designed.  All in all, with the universities in today’s world acknowledging both test scores, it wouldn’t be that much of an issue if you took one instead of the other.


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Anushka Sinha

Oct 26, 2016

Sukanya, your article is really wonderful. Very useful for students.

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