Which Test Should You Take?
Many Masters and MBA programmes now accept both the GRE and the GMAT. For example, Harvard, MIT, Instituto de Empresa, and CEIBS, business schools accept the GRE test for admission, in place of the GMAT.
Make sure you check with the school where you're applying, in order to see what test they require.
Does your school accept both and you're not sure which test to take?
First, take some practice tests so you can assess your skills and get to know the tests better.
Here is a quick overview of the differences between the two exams:
|Test||Who Requires It?||Test Structure||Test Format||Scoring||Key Differences||Price|
|GMAT||Required test for admission to most business schools and some graduate schools.||Analytic Writing: 1 essay: 30 min.
Integrated Reasoning: 30 min.
Quantitative: 62 min.
Verbal: 65 min.
TOTAL: 3.5 hours
|Computer-adaptive test||Overall score ranging from 200-800, in 10 point increments; plus subscores for each individual section of the test.||Quantitative section often considered more difficult.||$250 +VAT|
|GRE||Required test for admission to most graduate schools and a growing number of business schools.||Analytic Writing: 2 Essays: 30 min. each
Quantitative: 2 sections: 35 min.
Verbal: 2 sections: 35 min.
Experimental section: either math or verbal. (not scored)
TOTAL: About 4 hours
|Computerized multi-stage test||The Verbal and Quantitative scores ranging from 130 to 170 in 1-point increments. The essay is scored from 0-6 in .5 point increments.||English vocabulary strongly tested||$195 +VAT|
What does this mean?
Good news for some MBA applicants! If your programme accepts both and you already hold a valid GRE score, then you may not need to take the GMAT in order to get into certain business schools. Similarly, if you do have a choice between the two exams you can choose the test that suits you best.
So, if you have a strong maths background or English is more difficult for you then the GMAT might be the better exam for you to take. Vice versa, if you have a strong English background but struggle in maths then the GRE may be the better option for you.
Still Can't Decide?
Sill confused about which test to take? Speak to the admissions team at the school where you are applying. They will be able to answer any questions you have and tell you which test is required. If you can take either test, you should make a decision based on your own strengths.