GRE vs GMAT: Which Test Is Right For Business School?

An International MBA is recognized as a highly opportunistic for students and working fraternity both, to meet future endeavors. The gateways for stepping into internationally renowned B- schools are either from Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE). In the recent times a number of B-schools right from tier one colleges to tier two or three colleges are accepting GRE score along with GMAT score. However, this is creating an ambiguous state for futuristic students who want to pursue MBA from globally recognised B-schools but it leads to an oblivion which test may bring more fortune: GRE or GMAT.

To sort out this confusion, here we’re describing a distinctive narration about the GMAT and GRE.


Make a List of Programs You’re Applying

Undoubtedly, GMAT is the traditional form of common entrance exam for management and business studies. GRE is new in terms of its world wide acceptability. Hence, do a rigorous research for the programs who accept GRE score for MBA. Generally, GRE is preferred for non- MBA graduate degree programs, whereas GMAT consequently designed keeping in the view of management study as base. If you want to pursue MBA than GMAT will be a wise choice.

Make a List of B-schools You’re Applying

Most of the B-schools consider GMAT score as an entry pass into their premises. So here you have to wet your feet in research for those B-schools who accept GRE score along with GMAT. On the other hand you have to also put a check whether the shortlisted program has been offered there or not with GRE score as an acceptance. So you have to bit cautious about this since various elite B-schools accept GRE score on very exceptional cases. For example, Harvard Business School has revealed that candidates who apply with a GMAT tend to do better in admissions than candidates who use the GRE despite the school stating they have no test preference.

What is Your Strength Quant or Verbal?

If your traits are strong in both the subjects and your B-school accepts both, then it’s your call to choose the apt test which suits you. The GRE Verbal section & emphasis on vocabulary can make it tougher for non-native speakers and those who dont regularly read complex literature. While the GMAT is considered to be tougher in the math department due to its data sufficiency questions.

At the end, both questions are conducted as standardized test for acquiring master degree program at international colleges. Both test have contents almost same with certain differences


(i) In GRE, AWA (Analytical Writing Assessment) contains two essays:

  • a. Analysis of an Issue
  • b. Analysis of an Argument

In GMAT there is one essay namely : Analysis of an Argument

  • (ii) In GRE, verbal section focus on Vocabulary. GMAT triggers basic grammar rules like Sentence correction.
  • (iii) In GRE and GMAT, quant section is comprehensive in both


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