GMAT vs GRE

Compare the differences between the GMAT and the GRE exam content and structure below.

Before you decide which test to take, research the business schools you’re interested in and find out if they will accept GRE scores instead of GMAT scores. Compare the differences between the GMAT and the GRE exam content and structure below.

GMAT vs. GRE Structure & Scoring

GREGMAT
Who takes it?Most graduate schools and a growing number of business schools.Most business schools.
Test Structure60-minute Analytical Writing section (two essays at 30 minutes each).
Two 30-minute Verbal Reasoning sections.
Two 35-minute Quantitative Reasoning sections.
A 30-35 minute experimental section (can be either math or verbal).
A 30-minute Analytical Writing section with one essay.
A 30-minute Integrated Reasoning section.
A 62-minute Quantitative section.
A 65-minute Verbal section.
Cost$205$250
Testing Time3.75 hours (Computer)3.5 hours
Score Validity5 years5 years

GMAT vs GRE Score Comparaison

Comparing scores on the two is like comparing apples to oranges. However, you can use ETS comparison tool as a benchmark.

Which test is easier: GRE or GMAT?

In general, the GMAT suits those who have strong quantitative and analytical skills, who also excel at interpreting data presented in charts, tables, and text to solve complex problems.

The GRE math section tends to be more straightforward and, unlike the GMAT, includes a calculator for all quantitative problems.

Strong editors may gravitate to the GMAT’s verbal section while test-takers with strong vocabularies may prefer the GRE.

Both tests have their “oddball” question types—Quantitative Comparison on the GRE and Data Sufficiency on the GMAT—that will take some prep to get used to.

How do I choose?

The best way to determine whether the GMAT or GRE is better suited to your abilities is to get your feet wet with a practice test for each exam.

Getting into business school is competitive and you don’t want to take an actual GRE or GMAT sight unseen. We offer full-length computer-adaptive diagnostic tests for both the GRE and the GMAT.