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Anyone who decides to pursue graduate studies would, most likely, have a dilemma — whether to take the GMAT or the GRE. With some of the B-schools accepting GRE scores, the confusion has become widespread. When you have to choose between one of the two, consider the following factors:


What do you want to pursue

The GMAT can get you admissions into an MBA in a B-school and Masters in a few other select universities whereas the GRE can get you an admission into a graduate program or into business schools. In case you are not sure about what do you want to pursue, then the GRE would be a better option. On the other hand, a GMAT score would mean a firm commitment to pursue a management related course, and this might help in admissions. All said and done, if you are sure of the program that you want to go for, check directly with the program directorate, the B-School, or the University.


School Preference

Though many schools accept GMAT and GRE scores for MBA admissions, some are very specific about GMAT scores. So, before you decide which test to take, please check what your dream universities or business schools are looking for.


Let us understand the difference between GMAT and GRE


Purpose Required for admission into most business schools Required for admission into most graduate schools and a growing number of business schools
Test Structure 4 sections – Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning 3 Sections Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, and Analytical Writing Skills
Topics Verbal measures reading, critical reasoning, grammar related skills Quant measures arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis Verbal measures reading and vocabulary skills Quant measures arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis
Test Format Computer adaptive-by-question Computer adaptive-by-section
Scoring Scale The overall, or composite, GMAT score ranges from 200 to 800 in 10-point increments Verbal and Quantitative scores from 130 to 170 in 1-point increments
Test Duration 3.5 hours 3.45 hours
Registration Fee $250 $205
Validity 5 years Can be taken 8 times in total 5 years Can be taken any number of times