Everything you need to know about GRE / GMAT

17Jan

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.

GRE GMAT
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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