Yocket Editorial Team
Updated on 13 June, 2018


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GRE or GMAT? Which should you go for?

If you are one of those students who are unsure about which test to opt for, then this blog post is definitely for you. This blog gives you a quick comparison between the GRE and GMAT and gives you important points to consider before you take any decision.

Difference between GRE and GMAT:




Stands for

Graduate Record Examination

Graduate Management Admissions Test

Who takes the test?

Those who want to pursue their Masters, irrespective of the course.

Those who want to pursue their Masters in Business Administration.


Who administers the exam?

Educational Testing Service (ETS)

Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)


GRE General Test and GRE Subject Test

GMAT only

Annual Number of Test-Takers (approx.)

5, 80, 0000

2, 60, 000

Who accepts the scores?

Most graduate schools in the USA, Canada, UK, and Germany. Over 1200 business schools accept the GRE scores for their business programs and this number is increasing day by day.

More than 7000 programs at around 2300 business schools accept the GMAT scores.  

What’s the cost of the exam?

205 US Dollars

250 US Dollars

Total Test Time

Approx. 3 hours 45 minutes

3 hours 30 minutes

Sections and their scoring

Analytical Writing: 0- 6 scale

Verbal Reasoning: 130 - 170 scale

Quantitative Reasoning: 130 - 170 scale

Final Score: 260 - 340

Analytical writing: 0- 6 scale

Integrated Reasoning: 1 - 8 scale

Verbal Reasoning: 0 - 60 scale

Quantitative Reasoning: 0 - 60 scale


Final Score: 200 - 800


The GRE is offered all around the year in a computer-based format at its test- centers. It is offered as a paper-based exam as well.

The GMAT is also offered all around the year in only a computer-based format at its test-centers


GRE can be taken every 21 days for a maximum 5 times

GMAT can be taken for a maximum of 8 times, each consecutive attempt having 16 days of gap

Preparation time

3 months approx.

2-3 months approx.


Unofficial scores for the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning are available at the end of each test, although Analytical Writing scores are available 10-15 days after the test

Scores are available at the end of each GMAT test

Sending Scores

Candidates can share scores to upto 4 institutions for free at the time of the test for the computer based test. For the paper based test, score recipients are to be mentioned at the time of registration

Candidates can share scores with up to 5 desired institutes for free on the time of the exam

Validity of scores

Scores are valid till 5 years following test date

Here too, the scores are valid for 5 years after the test

So, why GRE?

For many years, the GMAT has been the only standardized test for admission to business schools. But now, universities have started accepting GRE scores for MBA programs. This doesn’t mean that every university accepts the GRE score. It’s better to have a look at the official university website for accurate updates.

It might be that Business Schools use this ETS Tool to convert GRE scores into GMAT scores for reviewing the applications.

Comparison between GRE Verbal and GMAT Verbal:

The GRE verbal is largely concerned with the in-context usage of the vocabulary and might be harder to solve if one doesn’t know or understand English words. On the other hand, the GMAT verbal involves an understanding of the in-sentence grammar usage.

If you struggle with the understanding of GRE vocabulary, then it might be difficult for you. Although, with enough practice, one can master the art of solving verbal questions quickly and accurately.

Comparison between GRE Quant and GMAT Quant:

The GMAT Quant is more difficult than the GRE Quant and if you have been away from your basic math subjects for a while, then you might find it difficult to tackle, at least in the initial phase of preparation.

If you are strong in your math skills, then the GRE quant will be easier for you. Again I emphasize, nothing is difficult, if you are ready to put in efforts consistently.

Comparison between GRE Analytical and GMAT Analytical :

The GRE consists of 2 sections for the Analytical Assessment: Issue and Argument. On the other hand, GMAT Analytical Assessment consists of only one: Argument. If essays are something that you are afraid of, then the GMAT has an advantage.

Difference between GRE and GMAT in terms of adaptivity :

The GRE is a section-wise adaptive exam in the sense that the difficulty of the second section of verbal and quantitative depends on the performance in their respective first sections. The first section is generally, of a medium level and consists of easy, medium and difficult questions. If you perform good/bad in the first section, depending on it, the second section will be difficult/easy for you, respectively.

On the other hand, the GMAT is within-section adaptive. As questions are answered correctly, the computer presents you with increasingly difficult questions and as questions are answered incorrectly the computer presents the test taker with questions of decreasing difficulty.

You may want to consider this point in your decision.

Preparation for GRE and GMAT :

It is best advised to start preparing for these test upto 3 months in advance.

Check out the links for GRE Preparation guide And GMAT preparation guide.

Now, should I take GRE or GMAT?

If you have decided to go to a science school, then you have to give the GRE. But, if you want to go to business school, then check out whether the colleges you intend apply to accept GRE scores. Let’s suppose you wish to apply to 8 colleges out which only 3 accept GRE scores and rest accept GMAT. Then, you would be better off giving the GMAT. On the other hand, if all accept the GRE scores, then decide between the two based on your comfortability with the exams. It would be beneficial to take a practice test for both( available on their official websites ) and choose the one in which you score well considering your graduate school expectations. Even then if you are unsure about it, then prepare for both the exams for a week or so, and then go for the one which you feel easy.

To register or for more information, visit the ETS website for GRE Or the GMAC website for GMAT.

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