GMAT vs. GRE: How Are They Different?

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You might be debating between taking the GMAT vs. GRE (or both!). The GRE is designed for people applying to graduate school, while the GMAT is only for MBA candidates. The key to figuring out whether to take the GMAT or GRE lies in understanding the different tests—and then finding out which showcases your skills and meets your needs better. Let’s dive in!


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What’s the difference between the GRE and the GMAT?

Who takes the test?Anyone hoping to get a master's degree or PhD, or attend business school or law schoolThose looking to go to business school. That's it!
How many business schools accept the test?Over 1,300 universities and organizations—check with your specific school!Over 7,000 business programs at 2,300 universities around the world. If any test is required at a business school, the GMAT will satisfy that requirement.
Cost$205 (continental and US territories)$250
$275-300 in parts of North America and Europe
Time for the Test3 hours and 45 minutes, plus short breaks3 hours and 7 minutes, plus short breaks
Test FormatComputer-based, with paper versions administered up to three times per yearOnly offered on the computer
Verbal QuestionsEmphasis on vocabulary—learn complex vocabulary in context by reading newspapers and magazines.Emphasis on grammar—pick up a grammar primer pronto to understand clauses, commas, and more.
Math QuestionsEasier than the GMAT; can use a calculatorHarder than the GRE; no calculator

magoosh-lesson-video-icon For a breakdown of the two tests, check out Magoosh’s free GMAT vs. GRE lesson video! (Or check out this video for a deeper dive on the GRE test.) Then, read on for more specific differences to help you decide which is right for you.


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Who Takes the Test

The GRE, offered by the Educational Testing Service, is designed for people applying to graduate school: master’s degrees or business schools. On the other hand, the GMAT, offered by the Graduate Management Admission Council, is exclusively for those applying to business school: MBA applicants.

Because of the difference in the tests’ uses, around 532,000 people take the GRE every year, while fewer than half that number, 225,600, take the GMAT. This makes sense: more people apply to graduate programs in general than business schools specifically. In 2020 these numbers dropped to 286,461 and 173,176 respectively, most likely due to the impact of COVID-19.

As you can see, test-takers applying to business schools can take either test—with the caveat that you should always check with the specific schools you’re applying to. At the moment, 1,300+ business programs accept GRE scores, while 7,000+ accept the GMAT.


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Within the United States and its territories, the GRE costs $205. The GMAT runs slightly higher, at $250. This rises to $275-300 in parts of North America and Europe.


When, Where, and How

Both tests are offered year-round. If you’re thinking back to your college admissions process and the limited SAT or ACT dates, get that out of your mind! The GRE and GMAT are both offered throughout the year, though you should register early for your preferred test date.

Both exams are given at computer-based test centers around the world. These centers offer secure testing environments.

However, while the GMAT is only ever given on the computer, the GRE offers paper-based tests in some parts of the world where computer-based tests are unavailable. These paper tests are only offered three times a year, unlike the computer-based GRE.

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Test Structure: Sections and Content

The GRE and GMAT differ in both the content and how it’s tested. Here’s an overview of GMAT vs. GRE sections:

Verbal Sections
The GRE tests the following, with a strong emphasis on vocabulary:

  • Sentence Equivalence
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Text Completion

The GMAT tests these areas, with a strong emphasis on grammar:

  • Sentence Correction
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Critical Reasoning

When comparing the GMAT vs. GRE, you’ll notice the format of the questions also varies. The GRE has three types of questions: choose all answers that apply; choose a sentence in the passage; and multiple choice. The GMAT only has one: multiple choice.

The GRE is a computer-adaptive test within the Verbal and Quant sections. So is the GMAT.

The GRE gives two Verbal Reasoning sections of 30 minutes each, while the GMAT gives you one that runs 65 minutes.

Click here to try a sample GRE Verbal question

Click here to try a sample GMAT Verbal question


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1. Consider each of the choices separately and select all that apply.

Both P and Q are positive numbers, and S is a negative number. Which of the following fractions could be undefined?

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2. The average price of a home County X is 250,000. The average price of a home in County Y is 300,000. The average price of a home in both County X and Y is 265,000.

Column A: The number homes in County X

Column B: The number homes in County Y

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3. Enter the answer as a fraction.
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What is the value of x? Give your answer as fraction.

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4. Choose the correct statement.
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5. Choose the option that best answers the question.

A container currently holds 4 quarts of alcohol and 4 quarts of water. How many quarts of water must be added to the container to create a mixture that is 3 parts alcohol to 5 parts water by volume?

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6. 7 years ago, Samir was 3 times as old as Deepak. In 4 years, Samir will be twice as old as Deepak. What is Deepak’s present age?

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7. Choose the option that best answers the question.

At a certain store, one can buy 6 cans of juice for $8. How many cans of this same juice could one buy with $48?

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8. Choose the option that best answers the question.
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Question 9 of 10

9. The area of a square is doubled.

Column A: The percent increase in one side of the resulting square
Column B: 50%

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10. If four numbers are randomly selected without replacement from set {1, 2, 3, 4}, what is the probability that the four numbers are selected in ascending order?

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Math Sections
The GRE and GMAT both test the same math topics:

  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra
  • Data Interpretation
  • Word Problems

They use different formats for Math questions, though. The GRE uses multiple-choice, multiple answers, numeric entry, and quantitative comparisons, while the GMAT uses problem-solving (multiple-choice) and data sufficiency questions.

The key difference? GMAT math is harder than GRE math. This doesn’t have to do with the content tested (as you see above, this is the same), but instead in the way it’s tested.

In addition, you can use a calculator on the GRE. You cannot on the GMAT.

  • Using a calculator on the GRE can actually slow you down! Use practice tests to see which problems a calculator works best for. For the GMAT, force yourself to use basic arithmetic in your head until test day, like calculating your grocery total as you shop.

Finally, the GRE gives you two Quantitative Reasoning sections at 35 minutes each, while the GMAT gives one that is 62 minutes long.

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GMAT vs. GRE Timing

The GMAT runs 3 hours and 45 minutes, plus short breaks, while the GMAT takes 3 hours and 7 minutes, plus short breaks. This breaks down like this:

GRE Timing

  • Analytical Writing: 2 x 30 minutes
  • Quantitative Reasoning: 2 x 35 minutes
  • Verbal Reasoning: 2 x 30 minutes
  • Unscored Section: 30-35 minutes
  • Research: 30-35 minutes

GMAT Timing

  • Analytical Writing Assessment: 30 minutes
  • Verbal: 65 minutes
  • Quantitative: 62 minutes
  • Integrated Reasoning: 30 minutes

You’ll notice that the GMAT has an integrated reasoning section, versus the GRE doesn’t—this is another way of testing your quantitative and data analysis skills. If you’re really good at math, or if it’s your weak area, this can make a major difference in determining which test is the better choice for you.


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Scoring Scales

The GRE is scored on a scale of 260-340. The GRE is scored from 200-800. Here’s a breakdown of scoring for each test.

GRE Scoring Scale

  • Analytical Writing : 0-6
  • Verbal: 130-170
  • Quantitative: 130-170
  • Total Score (Combined): 260-340

GMAT Scoring Scale

  • Integrated Reasoning: 1-8
  • Analytical Writing: 0-6
  • Verbal: 0-60
  • Quantitative: 0-60
  • Total Score (Combined): 200-800

A high score on the GRE (90th percentile) is 329, while a high score on the GMAT (90th percentile) is 710.
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Which test is easier: GMAT or GRE?

The question of which is easier, GMAT vs. GRE, really depends on you. That is, it depends on who is taking the test and their strengths. For those with strong Quant skills the GRE math will seem easy. The GMAT math is definitely more daunting. So if you struggle with Quant, the GMAT will seem very difficult. On the other hand, it can be a great choice for those with stronger math skills.

Meanwhile, if you struggle with the nuances of vocabulary and style, the GRE verbal section may be very difficult. That is not to say that the GMAT verbal section is easier. But the Sentence Corrections section is more of the science of grammar, and those with logical minds tend to be more adept at quickly sifting through a morass of words to find grammatical errors. The GRE Text Completions and Sentence Equivalence questions, by contrast, are testing the art of word usage, a skill most humanities majors have been honing for years.
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Advantages of the GMAT vs. GRE: Which test do I choose?

So, which test do you need to take for MBA programs? This is the big question lots of business school candidates ask themselves. The two tests have very different pros and cons.

One of the advantages of taking the GMAT is that it’s accepted at every business program: if you haven’t decided where you’re applying yet, taking the GMAT instead of the GRE keeps your options open.

On the other hand, if you know the b-schools you’re applying to, and they all accept both, you’ll need to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. Are you super strong in math? The GMAT might be for you. Better at vocab than grammar? The GRE could be the better choice.

The best way to find out which test is more advantageous for you to take is to take a (free) official GRE practice test and an official GMAT test. You can also compare the GMAT score ranges of MBA programs with your achieved score. For the GRE, use these average GRE test scores.

If you score significantly better on one, then the answer is clear. If there isn’t much difference, spend a week getting a feel for each test to see which one suits your skillset better.

Do business schools prefer the GMAT or the GRE?

The GMAT is the standardized test for Business school. Like the GRE, it consists of a Verbal and Quantitative section. Unlike the GRE, the two sections are combined to give a composite score of 800. The GMAT cannot be used in place of the GRE, so unless you are going to business school, do not take the GMAT.

Unlike the GMAT, which is only taken by business school applicants, the GRE is accepted by many types of graduate programs—including accredited business schools and top business schools (ever hear of Stanford or Harvard?). That is not to say all the top business programs accept a GRE score. So when it comes to taking the GMAT vs. GRE for MBA admissions, always check with the business programs’ admissions committees to see which ones accept GRE scores as well as GMAT scores.
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Takeaway: GMAT vs. GRE

Deciding whether the GMAT vs. GRE is the better option involves an honest evaluation of your skills, needs, and weaknesses. The good news is that you’ve already started down the path to figuring out your application process just by reading this post!

Next steps? Try our free GRE diagnostic test and our GMAT diagnostic test to get a better sense of which test is right for you!

No matter whether you decide to take the GMAT or GRE, we’re here to help. Check out Magoosh GRE prep or Magoosh GMAT prep today!

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154 Responses to GMAT vs. GRE: How Are They Different?

  1. Vishal March 30, 2019 at 4:18 am #


    So I am a BBA Hons Student. I had always heard that GMAT’s Quant section was far easier in comparison to GRE’s

    I am not the best when it comes to being able to handle quant questions (especially algebra and geometry)

    Can someone recommend me which one of the two exams should I shoot for?

    P.S. I am planning to pursue MBA

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 31, 2019 at 1:10 pm #

      Hi Vishal!

      All the math concepts tested on the GRE are the same on the GMAT. The word problems on the GRE are similar to the word problems on the GMAT. Also, the GMAT is all multiple choice questions, so you won’t see any numeric entry questions or choose all answers that apply. But, the math on the GMAT tends to be a little more difficult. Also, some of the question types on the GRE, Quantitative Comparison and Data Interpretation, are not on the GMAT, but there are questions that are comparable.

      If you’re worried about the Quant section, then I would maybe recommend the GRE. There’s also no calculator on the GMAT! However, it’s ultimately your decision. 🙂 You should choose the exam that you think you would do the best on!

      • Govind Singh July 15, 2019 at 9:33 am #

        I have completed my graduation in Mechanical Engineering and I’m looking for a business school. so which one is better option GRE or GMAT ?

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert July 16, 2019 at 3:48 pm #

          Hi Govind,

          Many business schools now accept the GRE in addition to the GMAT. 🙂 However, we’re Test Prep Experts, not admissions experts, so I’d recommend directly contacting the schools you’re interested in for their specific requirements.

          With that said, I’m happy to give you some more information on the differences between the GMAT and GRE.

          A large part of the material for both exams overlaps, with some differences:

          1. GMAT has a specific lesson section geared towards Data Sufficiency.
            For the topics that overlap, the GMAT will go into further detail, with lessons that explain more advanced strategies.
            GMAT verbal focuses more on grammar, while GRE verbal focuses more on vocabulary.
            The biggest difference is that GMAT math is generally a bit more difficult than GRE math.
        • Lastly, to sum everything up, here is an infographic about the GMAT vs. GRE debate that we made for our students:

          GRE vs. GMAT Infographic

  • Sooryansh Singh January 20, 2019 at 11:33 pm #

    I am btech student in computer science and want to go Canada to do Msc in Environmental Science. And one more thing I am weak in quants section. And please can you suggest some universities in Canada that offer Msc in Environmental Science. Which test should I take for applying into Msc in Environmental Science?

  • Rohit Patil December 30, 2018 at 2:13 am #

    hi, i am Rohit, and i am 27 years. i have bachelor degree in mechanical and masters in oil and gas engineering. I have 2 years of experience in mechanical industry also. Is it good time to give GAMT and try to go abroad for business school?

  • Viswas September 13, 2018 at 6:17 pm #

    Now im studying btech I would like to do MBA in abroad which exam is more useful to me GRE OR GMAT

  • Aamir khan August 14, 2018 at 4:37 am #

    Hi there I have completed BBA hons and then MBA in finance total 18 years of education now I want to do PhD in finance. Which one would you recommend for me GRE or GMAT also in GRE there is subject and general which one should I opt.


  • Sagnik Saha June 24, 2018 at 2:22 am #

    Hi, Can you please explain me the type of scholarships available for both the exams please? Thanks.

  • Pragati Upreti December 16, 2017 at 6:38 am #

    Its really great to see you replying to almost all the queries.
    Well,my query is,i am a b tech student in biochemical engineering.
    I am torn between which exam to take.
    Can i not go for GMAT being an engineering graduate?

  • Divya K. October 30, 2017 at 11:19 pm #


    I need to apply for the executive mba .The university is allowing both GMAT as well as GRE scores.The last date for registration is 15 jan 2018.So which course I should opt for ,also I am a working professional.


  • Kam September 12, 2017 at 7:01 am #


    I’m trying to decide between taking the GMAT or the GRE. I reached out to/researched 4 schools I’m interested in and all said they don’t have any preference except for one (my top pick) which said its fine to take GRE but their preference is GMAT. However “they do not make admissions decisions on at all which test you took so it’s really a personal preference.”

    This really confused me because it sounds like they have a preference for GMAT but then said its a personal preference which test to take? It didn’t really help me to make a determination.

    Can you possibly help me to understand this better?


  • Sakshi Arora July 29, 2017 at 5:37 pm #


    I have already done MBA in Finance from India and having 3 years of work experience as Financial Analyst. Now I have moved to USA on dependent visa. Since, I can’t work and our EAD will take another one plus year to come. I don’t want to sit idol and show skill or education gap to the future employers.

    I was planning to do MS but not sure if this is the right education for me! Also, Please suggest if I have to choose GRE or GMAT? I am really not a fan of maths.

    Thanks in advance.

  • Saeed June 7, 2017 at 7:33 am #

    I want to apply for MBA at Wayne state university
    I have my bachelors in public relations . I am
    Not sure which one would be easier for me to score decent . The university accepts both please tell me asap as I want to apply for fall and have to take the test in this month

  • Sameer Kamath May 22, 2017 at 10:16 pm #

    I’m Sameer and i just finished my graduation. I had prepared for my GMAT during my final year but due to the college workload could not prepare very well and hence decided not to give it. I’ve taken a small break and would be interning and studying for my GMAT again. But i just found out that the schools i want to apply to for a MIM( London Business School, HEC Paris, Rotterdam School of Management etc) accept GRE scores too and having prepared for GMAT, GRE prep seems easier. Could you guide me about this dilemma?Thanks.

  • Sara April 10, 2017 at 6:06 am #

    Hi there. I wrote my gre once and I just prepared for one month and I got 161 in quant and 141 in verbal. And now I want to spend 6 month for preparing. I am confused to choose which one of the exam gre or gmat? I have engineering degree then math is not a big problem for me but being non native to English makes verbal part difficult for me. Please advice me regarding my issue. Thanks a lot

  • Shuvadip March 10, 2017 at 1:20 pm #

    Hi there,I am currently preparing for GRE.I want do MBA in canada.I am aiming at universities like university of Toronto,university of British Columbia and university of Alberta.But i could not get anything clarified about the requirements(like GRE/GMAT) in any university website.Some say they don’t require any of it(they are given as optional actually).So i am really confused that what should I do.Should i just go for GRE?Or i should go for GMAT.Or both.By the way I am currently a student in India and have all the requirements(first class in bachelor program and required IELTS/TOEFL marks) met to get into any of the above mentioned universities.So it is only this GRE/GMAT which has restricted me to go for one of these universities.So I really need your help.
    Thanks a lot in advance for any kind help you can provide.And also big thanks for your GRE prep materials.

  • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
    Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 14, 2017 at 9:03 am #

    Hi Mahmood,

    This is certainly a difficulty choice, and I’m afraid that I can’t be of much help. I can offer you guidance, but the best test realyl depends on your personal strengths and preferences, as well as how much time you have to prepare. The GMAT math section is very similar to that of the GRE, though it is harder. You will have to learn some new problems-solving strategies, but you will also be able to build upon all of the hard work you’ve done studying for the GRE so far. However, the verbal section of the GMAT is almost completely different from that of the GRE. There is more emphasis on analytical grammar skills, and you would have to learn an entirely new set of strategies. If you have a strongly analytical brain that is able to dissect grammar, as well as the time to thoroughly study, then you may want to switch to the GMAT. You would likely have to dedicate 3-4 more months to your studies for a top score. If you stick with the GRE, you will have to study fewer new concepts/strategies and can focus on refining your test-taking skills and understanding, but it will still take at least 1-2 months of dedicated study (or more) to significantly improve your score. I know this isn’t the perfect answer, but I hope that this, along with the information in this blog post, helps to answer your question 🙂

  • Rounak verma October 23, 2016 at 11:44 am #

    My name is Rounak.
    I m currently pursuing B Tech. In mechanical but i want to opt MS in Finance. Is it possible ??.If yes how much is the fees..i wanna make sure that ms doesn’t make hole in my pocket.

  • Parth Dave October 19, 2016 at 8:19 am #

    I am interested in MS Information System, MS Management Information System and MS Business Analytics, I hage already taken GRE once and have got a very low score, however as you very explained that it depends on the universities I target, that which one they prefer, whether GRE or GMAT.

    But my question is that, since I am more inclined towards the management part of the information system and I am interested in data modeling and analysis.

    Should I retake the GRE or should try of GMAT.

    Because few universities who provide MS IS under the department of CS require more Quant score while the universitie who provide MS IS or MIS under the department of management emphasis on both vocab and AWA.

    Which one should I take?

    I am ready to dedicate 3 months to prepare

  • sajjad September 22, 2016 at 8:24 am #

    Thanks for this great comparison. I have a question and would appreciate if you could answer it.
    I have already taken the gre and my quantitative score was 160. To take the GMAT, do i need to study some more mathematical subjects or just the questions are more difficult on GMAT quantitative?

  • Abdulwahab. September 21, 2016 at 10:48 pm #

    Hi there.
    I need advice, I need to start preparing forcthe exam as soon as possible but I am still confused about which exam I should give.

    I am non native English speaker. In general, once decide to give GRE or GMAT, I need to work hard on my math skills because I am not maths fan and most of the math basics I have forgotten.

    For the verbal section I tend to the one in GMAT because its focus about grammar and not advanced words like the GRE. And I think as a ESL student, Grammar and structure are more easy than advances words.

    Yesterday I did the GRE practice exam without any preparation and I got (130) in verbal and (137)in quant 🙂 I still didn’t do the practice exam for GMAT, but I tried to solve 15 verbal questions ( all the verbal questions types), and I got 7 correct out of 15.

    Do you think going with the GMAT is best option for me since I am ESL student and the grammar and sentence correction is easier for me than the advanced words questions? And if I will give the GMAT, do you think 2 months will be enough to prepare well for the quant ( On preparation I will focus more in quant section than in verbal. Because I really need to improve my math skills)

    Thanks for any information you can provide.


  • Aakash September 11, 2016 at 11:57 pm #

    Hi Chris

    It’s really a great blog for understanding the difference between the two tests…

    But my problem is that, I have done my bachelors in Bioinformatics (B.Tech.) and now I want to change my stream to management and not particularly MBA but in courses like MS in management or MS in International Business etc. so for which test I should prepare for GRE or GMAT.

  • Natasha September 3, 2016 at 3:27 am #

    Hey.. i want to apply for msc in operational research (in UK) which comes under management science.. and i am quite comfortable with GMAT but i’m confused if this course needs a GMAT or a GRE. Universities do not specify it either. Please help!

  • Chris August 13, 2016 at 6:16 am #

    Thank you for a great comparison.

    I recently took the GMAT and scored an unsatisfactory 620 (Q36 V38). I had studied at less than full capacity for two weeks prior to the test date. My heart is set on very elite programmes and a high score on either test is thus a requirement.

    Although English is my second language, I’m more naturally inclined to the verbal questions than the quant. This leads me to think that the GRE is a better match for me. However, when taking the GMAT I listed the schools I want to apply to, and they have now received my score. Is it a bad idea to switch from the GMAT to the GRE now, both study wise and considering how the schools will view this?

  • Jalaj August 4, 2016 at 8:24 pm #

    I am doing LLB and now i want to change my stream to something like management but I’ll be able to do that after my graduation so can you guide me that whether i should go for MBA or not? If yes then why?? Is it good from future perspective??? Help me out please.

  • Rishabh July 18, 2016 at 10:58 am #


    In the comparision infographic, it is mentioned that a 326 in GRE is a 90 percentile. However, consider this : A 90 percentile is GRE Verbal is around 161 and that in GRE Quant is 165, which gives a total of 326 itself.

    So, if I get a 90 percentile individually in both sections, shouldn’t I be expecting an overall percentile which is much higher than the 90th mark?

  • AISHA July 17, 2016 at 9:25 am #


    I am a bit confused right now about this test. I want to pursue Masters in Management Information Systems for my graduate school, but I am not sure whether I should take GRE or GMAT.

    can you please help me out

  • Stuti July 5, 2016 at 6:44 am #

    Hi Chris,

    is it possible to prepare for both GRE and GMAT and get good scores on both? if yes, then can you please give out some tips about the strategy to study.

  • Magaret May 29, 2016 at 4:40 am #

    I want to get a masters in hotel administration / management but the program offered in some universities vary from MSc to MBA. does this mean I would have to take both the GRE and GMAT or I can take just one of the exams… and which one would be most suitable?

  • Eldho ittan George May 18, 2016 at 10:40 am #

    I want to apply for Master’s Degree in computer science.So which exam should i take GRE or GMAT.

  • Sourin April 28, 2016 at 4:44 am #

    Dear Team,
    I am preparing for my masters in germany and I saw that most of the universities accept GMAT and GRE. And this is my first experience. So please guide me which will be easier to score

  • Niloofar April 12, 2016 at 1:46 pm #


    There is a situation going on here. I applied for the Ph.D. program in Business administration and took GRE for a couple of times. I know that my Verbal score is so important as well as the Quantitative and Writing scores. Since my first Language is not English, I have some issues with the Verbal section. I got so many rejections because of my GRE scores, but one of the Universities asked me to apply for the winter 2017 and retake the GRE.

    My last three GRE scores are as follows:

    November 30th 2015 – Verbal: 147 Quantitative: 158 Writing: 3.0
    January 5th 2016- Verbal: 142 Quantitative: 161 writing: 3.0
    March 28th 2016- Verbal: 143 Quantitative: 161 Writing: 4.0

    Meanwhile, I should get 70th percentile on every section to be admitted and I am planning to take GRE or GMAT. For my last two GRE, I used Magoosh and I am so pleased that I did so. If I take GMAT next time, It will be my first experience of it. So, my question is that Would you recommend me to take GMAT because I tried GRE many times and I did not received a good Verbal score? or would you recommend me to take GRE because I am familiar with it?

    I appreciate your help and time.


  • Ahmad February 13, 2016 at 2:31 am #


    I’m stuck with GMAT for couple of months but it was so hard to understand. It seems that GRE looks easy so final decision is to take GRE but will it strengthen my application if i’m applying for master in finance/accounting at any university in USA. Need Serious Advice.


  • Bashayer February 7, 2016 at 3:37 pm #

    Thanks for the comparison but GMAT, GRE only required for business school ??
    I want to study chemistry it’ll required to take one of them

  • harsh January 10, 2016 at 3:49 pm #

    I want to ask you that which option is the best way to prepare for the GMAT or GRE preparing online or offline.

    If online then by which company…….
    If offlinenene then by which coaching institute or by which set of books….

  • Greeshma G Pillai October 13, 2015 at 9:11 am #


    I have a total experience of 4 years in IT(Accenture). I want to apply for an MBA program in supply chain domain but I am not sure whether me taking up the GRE would help. Can you please help me to identify few of the good universities which accepts GRE scores.

  • Ahsan October 13, 2015 at 6:53 am #

    Hi Chris,

    You’ve been doing some amazing work here helping out a lot of people understand the basic difference between GRE and GMAT.
    I’ve done my bachelors in marketing and finance and I’m looking forward to pursue a Masters degree in SCM. The business schools I’ve shortlisted are indifferent about GRE or GMAT.
    I don’t have a strong grip on my English (the vocab part especially) but my maths is quite strong. Moreoever, I want to keep my options open for an MBA program.
    So what would you suggest in this scenario? Should I go for GMAT or GRE?


  • Rohit September 20, 2015 at 8:25 am #


    I worked as Software Developer in one of the top Investment Bank and top Hedge Fund for three years. I want to pursue PhD in Finance and would like to come back to same Industry but in different profile.

    What is the right path for this? I am in mid way of my GMAT preparation and in a few weeks I will write the exam (expected score 690-710).

    What is the right path for this? Shall I do MBA and then go for PhD or there are other/better paths as well?

  • Marcel Kazadi September 12, 2015 at 12:34 pm #

    I Have a question concerning Magoosh GMAT or GRE test. Does Magoosh offer online GMAT or GRE test?
    Best regards
    Marcel Kazadi

  • Akshat Jha August 9, 2015 at 1:49 pm #


    I wish to pursue MS in Applied Math from a US uni starting Fall 2016. The thing is,I am an Electrical Engineer with 2 and a half years in Supply Chain sector. I have always been inclined towards Math,have scored pretty well in Math in all 4 semesters of college. How difficult is it for me to make it to a good MS program at a good college? I have no publications.

    My GRE score:

    Math: 170
    Verbal: 169

    Please reply soon.

  • Forrest Gump July 9, 2015 at 10:14 am #

    Hello Chris and fellow readers,

    I am currently working in a bank and previously worked as a day trader. I wish to pursue MS in Economics or MBA in Finance through a reputed university.I have a graduate degree in Electronics but I have around 4 yrs experience in finance sector overall.

    I am not sure what should I prefer- MS in Economics or MBA in finance. What would be the job scenario(money wise) in case of both(in USA or otherwise in any other country)

    I have heard that GRE admission requires recommendations as well- so who should recommend and would it be having greater importance than the GRE scores itself?

    Kindly guide me.

    Strength- Maths, Quantitative, Data Interpretation, Sentence Correction
    Weakness- Vocabulary(but overall my English is OK)

    Thanks and Waiting for your response,

    Forrest Gump

  • Siddharth July 6, 2015 at 12:24 am #

    Hi Magoosh,

    I have been following this page and I must tell you many of the answers have actually cleared my doubts. I have one pending query though.

    I am planning to pursue a Phd in Operations Management from a reputed university in the USA. I know many of the universities are now accepting GRE or GMAT scores for applications but my basic online searches tell me that if it is a management related Phd then GMAt shows more seriousness on the part of the applicant and that GRE comes across as an easy route for admission. I would like some clarity on this point.

    What should i attempt in order to make a strong candidature to the universities? GMAT or GRE?

  • Anirudh June 26, 2015 at 3:25 am #


    My MBA will be over by April 2015. And I have been thinking of doing some degree from USA and then settle for a job there itself. But I am confused whether I should go for GMAT or GRE. Is doing another MBA from GMAT worth it or doing masters would be better.
    Strong point- math, decision making, critical reasoning.
    Week point- vacab. ( I have trouble using what we say heavy words otherwise my English is fine I guess).

    Please help me decide.

  • Hafiz Muhammad Ali June 19, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

    H Chrish,

    I was looking for MS in Digital Marketing and didn’t know which test should i take, GRE or GMAT. In my case NYU School of Professional Studies has option for both GRE & GMAT which is optional.

    However if they require i think i will go for GRE.

    Thanks for making in depth Infographic.


  • sukriti June 17, 2015 at 7:23 am #


    I am in my third year pursuing and management from a college in India which is an affiliate center of University of London.I have a final year left which I will be doing externally.I am looking for a liberal arts course abroad or a masters programme which is business related which will give me more options to further my career in management.I was wondering if GRE/GMAT is the way to go.I do not want to pursue MBA at this stage.Will taking them improve my profile considering I do not have a very strong profile.

    Thank you

  • Ekta June 10, 2015 at 3:05 am #


    I want to opt for MSF or MS finance course from US but i am confused which exam needs to be taken up. GMAT or GRE. please guide on the same.

    And also suggest some good GMAT/GRE books for preparations.


  • Aditya June 8, 2015 at 8:56 pm #

    Hi Chris,

    I’m planing for international affairs masters in US.
    I’m confused between GRE and GMAT.
    Please guide.
    The schools I’m targeting accepts both score.

  • Pedro Garcia May 29, 2015 at 10:40 am #

    Hello Chris!

    Great post helped a lot, so apparently I’m taking the GRE. My only problem is there’s no way to get prepared for the exam here in my city, one of my brothers is in the states right know so I’m ordering a book to help me prepare for the exams by myself. As I espected there is like a hundred different books for this porpuse so my question is which one would you recommend, have you heard of a book that’s better than the others? Thanks a lot for your help.

  • manisha May 16, 2015 at 7:38 am #

    hi iam planning for ms finance. should i take gmat or gre? is gre enough for state universities? plz leave reply. thankyou

  • Sofia March 10, 2015 at 2:40 am #

    Hi, could anyone please explain how to answer Sample Question No. 4 (the one with the percentages)? Thanks!

  • Sasa January 4, 2015 at 10:39 am #

    I worked in US for 4 years for the client

  • Tim December 30, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

    Hi Chris,

    I got a Quant 41 / Verbal 39 on the GMAT for a 650 overall and recently took the GRE and got a 161 Verbal / 162 Quant. Do you have an opinion on which of these I should submit to business school programs? Bonus fact: my GMAT score report will also show a cancelled score since I got that 41/39 because I tried again and didn’t do well and I also took it in 2010 and got a 640 (42/35) so my GMAT report looks pretty shady.


  • Bianca December 6, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

    Hi Chris,

    thanks for the succinct and insightful article!

    My question is as following:

    I’ve already taken the GRE in 2010 for my Master’s, and my scores were: Quant 800 (94%) Verbal 570 (80%) Analytical Writing 4.0 (45%).

    I’m now planning to apply for MBA programs (Round 2, Fall 2015 entry), and am targeting the top 10 programs (particularly Stanford, Berkeley and Columbia). From what I know, my GRE converts to a 690 on GMAT.

    Therefore I’m wondering whether it makes sense for me to take the GMAT as well, given that there are all these nuances involved in the question “GRE or GMAT”?

    Thank you so much in advance!
    Best wishes!

  • Raj December 5, 2014 at 4:14 am #

    Hi Chris

    I took the GMAT in Dec 2012 and scored a 700 (Q46, V40) – clearly based on the percentiles (quant ~ 70%, verbal ~ 91%), my quant is shaky. I am targeting a top 10 business school in the US for 2016 applications. Given my stronger orientation towards verbal, I am inclined to take the GRE in order to improve my score to submit a more competitive application. Would you think this is sensible decision? I will take a few diagnostic tests to get an actual feel of the GRE quant. One of my major issues with the GMAT quant has been timing….

    Thanks in advance!

  • James November 24, 2014 at 8:58 pm #

    Hi Chris,

    I’m submitting testing for an MBA.

    My GRE Score converts to the same score as my GMAT. However, the percentiles of my GRE are significantly better than those of my GMAT.

    Do you have any advice for this situation?

    Thank you for your time.


  • Gaurav November 24, 2014 at 7:28 am #

    Hi Chris,

    I am planning for MBA from US or UK next year and i am confused between both the exams. Can you help me in finding my best fit.
    Strong Areas: Reasoning,Quant,DI
    Weak Area : Grammar and Vocab

    Which one should i take ?

  • zang November 2, 2014 at 1:53 am #

    Hi Chris,

    Great Blog! Thanks. Would you please help me in deciding whether I should report my GMAT or my GRE score. My GMAT is 680 (Q49, V32) and GRE is Q170, V150. I know none of them is good enough but which one would you report to schools which accept both? Do you know how they would compare GRE scores with GMAT scores? Do they use ETS comparison table? Thank you.

  • Yazan October 22, 2014 at 2:43 am #


    Thank you for this article; it’s very helpful.

    I am planning to purse an MBA mainly in Canada or Spain, English is not my Mother tongue. I started 2 weeks ago studying for the GMAT but a friend recently recommended the GRE as he did both (twice GMAT) and got higher score in the GRE (once).

    After reading this article, looks like the GRE needs a great deal of vocabulary but the GMAT math side is harder. so what do you recommend ?

  • Natasha October 4, 2014 at 4:57 am #

    Hi! I found your article of much help in understanding but I’m still confused wether to take a GRE or GMAT. I’m currently doing mathematics honours and want to go abroad for further studies.. I’m good at verbal English and also math but I think GRE offers wide choice to choose between whereas GMAT offers only MBA. And I cannot make up my mind wether to pursue a master’s degree or management. Please help. What would be more apt for me? Keeping in mind my bachelor’s degree in math.

  • priyanka September 4, 2014 at 9:36 am #

    Hi Chris,
    I went through this page. It was of great help.
    🙂 🙂

  • Paolo August 28, 2014 at 3:36 am #

    Hi all,

    I´m not agree with the article. I´m preparing for a MPA or an International Relations Master Program and in most of them accept GMAT too.

    Both GMAT and GRE are accepted in most of the Master degree of US, Harvard included.


  • Bowen August 27, 2014 at 11:20 am #

    Thanks for sharing. Just finished my first year and started looking for requirements for a master degrees. This blog surely helped.

  • Ankita August 20, 2014 at 12:15 am #

    I just loved your write up. One of the best I’ve read from my searchings from past 6 months and seeing your replies i am hopeful I shall get a reply too.
    See I am very sure I want to do an MBA but am just off from college and wish to do so now.So I want to know whether getting a two years experience will be necessary/important or I should apply directly. As they are expensive exams I have to be very sure.
    Secondly, I am poor at complicated maths so I guess GRE will be easier but I don’t understand in multiple answers of a GRE question do I have to select all the three like in the question given above or choosing 1 or 2 of the rights will also be considered as the right answer?

  • New member August 19, 2014 at 3:29 am #

    I still struggling with my issue.
    I am interested in applying to US, so that means GRE and GMAT are the only choices. So, far so good. But, I am indifferent between a few courses, like I want to apply to both MBA and Finance and select one when the admission is granted. I am not a native English speaker, so I think GRE would be a bit difficult. In case, I go for GMAT, would I still be able to apply for courses like Finance and Economics? Also, a quick questions, two students with same percentage score in GRE and GMAT with one seat available, who will be preferred?
    Thanks in advance.

  • Amanda August 18, 2014 at 10:22 am #

    I’ve heard that the scores for the GRE last for 5 years. I am not planning to start my MBA for a couple years still, but I would like to focus on preparing to take the test in the next 6 months or so. Do the scores for the GMAT last as long as the GRE? From what I have read on this page, I think I would do better with the GMAT. I would prefer to take that if my scores will still be valid in 2 years when I am applying for grad school. Let me know if you have any suggestions for me!

  • Omair August 5, 2014 at 10:39 pm #

    Hi there!
    It was really helpful but I am still confused with GRE and GMAT because I am preparing the GMAT for the last two months and now I realize that if I had gone for GRE I can apply to any program locally and international so can someone help me with this?
    As I am good in english grammer then vocabulary and not good in math. But GMAT has few parts in verbal and quantitative section.

  • Sufyan August 4, 2014 at 3:24 am #

    I want to apply in Business courses,and don’t have much grip over my Maths abilities. Which test should I take? And please tell me that whether Business Schools will accept GRE?

  • John July 17, 2014 at 3:02 pm #


    Where did you get that a 326 combined GRE score is 90th percentile? I haven’t found any published information about percentiles for combined scores, but 326 seems too high (based on the published information about percentiles for math and verbal and reasonable estimates of correlation between the two sections).

  • Animish June 23, 2014 at 4:42 am #

    The cost for GRE is now $195; not $185.

  • Non native speaker May 27, 2014 at 6:49 am #

    apologies and little correction here:

    So if asked for non native speaker students, GMAT is easier coz, this test puts us in relatively equal position with native speakers as higher standard of language and vocabulary is not required.

  • Non native speaker May 27, 2014 at 6:46 am #

    Hi guys,

    Looks like you guys having good forum here. I have been googling about it and spent whole week for deciding which test to take. So, reading through all the stuffs, my first impression is:

    The both exams are designed for native speakers as i understand and English is not my mother tongue. So if asked for non native speaker students, GMAT is easier coz, this test puts us in relatively equal position with native speakers as higher standard of language and vocabulary is required.

    Please kindly comment if i am wrong or anything to be added.

  • Sanyam Kaushik May 25, 2014 at 9:22 am #

    Very helpful info. And the best thing is that, a lot of information about the two has been covered very briefly and effectively…..

  • beth May 21, 2014 at 1:31 pm #

    couldn’t decide on which one to take this helped a lot!!

  • Flynn May 11, 2014 at 4:10 am #

    Thanks a lot Chris.. The details and visual explanations did make things very simple and cleared all possible doubt !

    A question tough : As I am planning to pursue my MSc in Hospitality & Operations Management GRE is the best option right? I have checked with the University, they have left the option to me either GRE or GMAT ? Please advice.

    Once again a BIG thank you and god bless !!

  • Vishal April 18, 2014 at 8:10 am #


    Magoosh has been of great help. I hope to sign up soon. Keep up the great work. 🙂

  • Kamal March 25, 2014 at 9:58 pm #

    Great Blog! Understood everything about GRE vs. GMAT in 10 mins 😀

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