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Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is designed to measure the verbal, mathematical, analytical writing skills and integrated reasoning skills of the aspirants for reputed business & management schools across the globe for more than 60 years. Around 20000 students take the GMAT exam every year.

The GMAT score is accepted by 7000 MBA and Masters Programmes in more than 110 countries including India. Formulation of the test is in such a manner that it manages to churn out the best talent by the arduous testing procedure which is quite unconventional in nature.

On the other hand, The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standardized test that is an admissions requirement for many graduate schools in the United States and Canada. The GRE is owned and administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS).The test was established in 1936 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

According to ETS, the GRE aims to measure verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, analytical writing, and critical thinking skills that have been acquired over a long period of learning. The content of the GRE consists of certain specific algebra, geometry, arithmetic, and vocabulary sections.

## GMAT vs. GRE: Points of Similarity

1. Validity of scores

Both GMAT and GRE scores are valid for 5 years after the test date.

1. Multiple test dates

Both the exams are held on multiple dates throughout the year and allow you to reschedule on demand.

1. Test content

Quantitative sections of both the exams are based on high-school level concepts in algebra, arithmetic, geometry and data interpretation. However, the difficulty level and variation of GMAT’s quant is slightly higher than GRE’s.

## GMAT vs. GRE: Points of Difference

1. Test fee

GRE costs you USD 205 whereas GMAT’s test fee is slightly higher-USD 250.

GMAT is question-adaptive for each section. If you answer one question correctly, the next one will be of a slightly greater difficulty level. GRE, on the other hand is, in-section-adaptive. There are two sub-sections within a section, say verbal; if you attempt the first sub-section correctly, the next sub-section is going to be of a higher difficulty level.

1. Review of questions

1. Analytical Writing

GMAT and GRE both have a 30-minute analysis-of-an-argument task in which you are expected to evaluate an author’s argument by assessing its claims and evaluating the given evidence. GRE has an additional analysis-of-an-issue task that requires you to construct your own argument by taking a stand and supporting it with evidence from the argument.

1. Vocabulary

GRE is vocabulary intensive. More often than not, an average Indian test-taker will find words that they are unfamiliar with during the exam. Hence, developing a GRE-specific vocabulary during the training period is crucial.

GMAT primarily tests your critical reasoning and comprehension skills through passages and sentence correction questions. It doesn’t care much for your vocabulary.

1. Quant with calculator

GRE allows you to attempt quant with a calculator. GMAT has no such provision because many of its questions require acuteness in estimation.

1. Integrated Reasoning

GMAT’s integrated reasoning section (with 12 questions) is unique to it. It expects you to synthesise, combine and manipulate information presented in the form of charts, graphs, tables, etc.

Hope this post helped you wrap your head around the nuances of both these exams. Now it’s time to make an informed decision!

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