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.
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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:
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.
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.
GRE does not have data sufficiency questions. The GMAT, however, has 8 to 11 DS questions in the quant section.
GMAT has at least 10 questions of IR which involve synthesising, combining and manipulating the information present in charts, graphs, tables, etc.
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.
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
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!