Many business schools will accept two graduate school entry exams: either the Graduate Record Examinations General Test, known as the GRE, or the Graduate Management Admission Test, known as the GMAT.
What is the GRE?
The Graduate Record Examination, is a graduate and professional school admissions exam offered by ETS, or Educational Testing Service. The GRE is the most widely accepted graduate admissions exam. It is also accepted at many business and law schools, though the GMAT and LSAT, respectively, are more commonly accepted.
What is GMAT?
The Graduate Management Admission Test is a computer adaptive test conducted by The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA program. GMAT is designed to test skills that help assess MBA admission committees, who all can, not only get in but also get through the MBA program.
|Why to take it?||Required by most grad schools and many business schools||Required by most business schools|
|Scoring||Verbal and quantitative scores are 130 to 170 and analytical writing scores are 0 to 6||Total scores range from 200 to 800. Sub scores include the analytical writing score, 0 to 6; the integrated reasoning score, 0 to 8; and quantitative and verbal scores, 6 to 51|
|Format||In the verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning sections, the difficulty of the second part of each section is based on a test taker's performance on the first part.||In the quantitative and verbal reasoning sections, correctly answering a question result in a harder question to answer|
|Cost||$205 in most parts of the world but higher in Australia, China, India, Nigeria and Turkey.||Pricing varies around the world. In the U.S, the cost is $275|
|Length||About three hours and 45 minutes||Three hours and seven minutes|
|Duration||3.5-3.75 hours||3.5 hours|
|How long are scores valid?||5 years||5 years|
Examination structure of GRE and GMAT:
|GMAT||Time||Number of Questions||Score Range|
|Analytical Writing Assessment||30 minutes||One timed task: “Analysis of an Argument”||0 to 6|
|Integrated Reasoning||30 minutes||Multi-Source Reasoning questions Graphics Interpretation questions Two-Part Analysis questions Table Analysis questions 12 total questions (many with multiple parts)||1 to 8|
|Quantitative||62 minutes||14–15 Data Sufficiency questions 16–19 Problem Solving questions 31 total questions||0 to 60|
|Verbal||65 minutes||12 Reading Comprehension questions (approx.) 10 Critical Reasoning questions (approx.) 14 Sentence Correction questions (approx.) 36 total questions||65 minutes|
|Optional Breaks (Total)||16 minutes|
|GRE||Number of Questions||Duration|
|Analytical Writing||Analyse an Issue. Analyse an Argument||30 minutes for each task|
|Verbal reasoning||2 sections of 20 questions each||30 minutes for each section|
|Quantitative reasoning||2 sections of 20 questions each||35 minutes for each section|
|Unscored section||Questions vary||Time varies|
|Research section (Excl. for Ph. D & Post Docs.)||Questions vary||Time varies|
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