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Applying to business schools or Master’s courses abroad? You will be happy to know that most business schools accept both GRE and GMAT scores. Taking the GRE allows you to apply to both MS and MBA programs whereas taking the GMAT opens doors to a host of Indian B-schools too. See the list of Indian B-schools accepting GMAT scores.

Whether you should take the GMAT or GRE is a matter of personal choice. But here are some pointers that can help you decide which exam is right for you.

In this blog:

1.     What is the difference between GRE and GMAT?
2.     Which is easier to crack, GMAT or GRE?
3.     Is GMAT syllabus same as GRE?
4.     How to convert GMAT score to GRE score?

What is the difference between GRE and GMAT?

GMAT and GRE are both computer based exams that check your reasoning skills. So the question types and syllabus are largely similar. Test score validity for both is 5 years so no worries about applying to MS and MBA programs either. However, there are some differences between GMAT and GRE that we would like to elucidate:

Test fee

GMAT test fee is slightly higher as compared to GRE test fee. Taking GMAT in India costs you $275 whereas taking GRE in India would cost you $213.


GMAT is an adaptive exam. Every question that you answer decides the difficulty level of the next question. If you get an answer right, the next question that pops up is more difficult, if you botch it up, you’ll be given an easier one next. GRE, on the other hand, happens to be section adaptive. Your performance in the first section decides the difficulty level of the next section.

Reviewing Questions

GRE allows you to skip questions, review them and go back to change your answers. GMAT, on the other hand, allows no such luxury because the exam is question-adaptive.

Analytical Writing Section

Argument analysis section of 30 minutes is common to both GMAT and GRE. The GRE though, has an additional analysis of issue task that requires you to construct your own argument by taking a stand and supporting it with evidence from the argument.


GRE is more vocabulary intensive than GMAT. Some Indian test takers can find it quite challenging. GMAT on the other hand, is not vocabulary-dependent. Rather, it checks your critical reasoning skills.

Data Sufficiency

GRE does not have data sufficiency questions. The GMAT, however, has 8 to 11 DS questions in the quant section.

Integrated Reasoning

GMAT has at least 10 questions of IR which involve synthesising, combining and manipulating the information present in charts, graphs, tables, etc.

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Have you taken the GMAT/GRE before?

Which is easier to crack, GMAT or GRE?

That depends on your aptitude and strengths. Most students find GMAT quant a tad too challenging so they may want to take the GRE. However if your verbal section is not really that great then you may want to take the GMAT.

Is GMAT syllabus same as GRE?

GMAT and GRE syllabus have many similarities. But students should not think that by studying for one, you will be ready to take the other. Where the GRE has verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing sections, the GMAT has verbal, quantitative, integrated Reasoning and analytical writing sections. Where the GRE takes a more conventional and direct approach in verbal section checking your grammar and vocabulary skills, the GMAT is more circuitous checking your reasoning skills through RCs and sentence correction questions.

Download FREE GMAT Syllabus and FREE GRE Syllabus here!

How to convert GMAT score to GRE score?

Although there is no real need to convert your GRE score into GMAT score as most B-schools accept both scores and do not have a preference of one over the other. But there may be situations where you need a comparative tool and want to interpret your GRE score in the context of GMAT score or vice versa. This conversion table will give you an idea of how to convert your GRE score into GMAT score.

GRE to GMAT Conversion Table


GRE Quant

GRE Verbal

GMAT Quant

GMAT Verbal


340 170 170 53 46 800
339 170 169 53 45 800
338 169 169 52 45 790
337 169 168 52 44 790
336 168 168 50 44 780
335 168 167 50 43 770
334 167 167 49 43 760
333 167 166 49 42 750
332 166 166 48 42 740
331 166 165 48 41 740
330 165 165 47 41 730
329 165 164 47 40 720
328 164 164 45 40 710
327 164 163 45 39 700
326 163 163 44 39 690
325 163 162 44 38 680
324 162 162 43 38 670
323 162 161 43 37 670
322 161 161 42 37 660
321 161 160 42 36 650
320 160 160 41 36 640

It is always best to seek advice from someone reliable if you are confused between two options. Book a 15 minute free counselling session with us if you have questions regarding GMAT or GRE and MS or MBA abroad and we will be happy to help. Connect with a Jamboree counsellor now!

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