How to Decide Between GRE and GMAT: A Comparative Analysis

    Updated on: 05 Sep 2023 7 min read

    When a student chooses to study masters (management courses) abroad, one of the first steps they have to take is appear for a standardised test. The two commonly accepted tests are GMAT and GRE. The confusion begins with questions like which of the two tests is easier or a better option for MBA. To lay all such questions to rest, we explain the main differences between GMAT and GRE. Then we follow it up with a comparative analysis to help you choose.x

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    How Flexible are you with Time and Location? 

    A student can take GMAT in 39 centres spread across 34 cities in India. In comparison, GRE is offered only in 22 or so centres located in approximately 12 cities. There is a higher possibility of finding a GMAT test centre near you as compared to that of a GRE center. If you think you are comfortable travelling a long distance to take the test,  then you can easily opt for GRE. 

    Who Should Take the GRE?

    GRE lacks an overall score, which means that when you apply to an MBA college with a GRE score, they will first convert it into a GMAT equivalent. There is a score conversion table given by ETS, but it is not foolproof and errors do occur.

    To put it simply, if you want to apply to a wide range of degrees such as a Master's in Economics or MBA or Ph.D. in CS abroad, then take the GRE.

    Who should take the GMAT?

    9 out of 10 business school aspirants take the GMAT. In short, if you want to get into an MBA program or a course like Masters in Finance, then pick GMAT.

    The Nuts and Bolts 

    The time taken for GMAT preparation or size of the GRE exam syllabus are not crucial determinants when choosing which exam to take. Base the conclusion on the factors discussed above, primarily your intended course(s).

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Written by Yogender Panchal

Yogender is a tech enthusiast with specialization in digital marketing. He is currently working at Gyandhan a leading company which provides Education Loan who are studying Abroad. Playing Volleyball, driving a car, traveling, researching new online marketing trends are some of his interest areas that keeps his rejuvenated.

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Aman Jain graduated from IIT Kanpur, and currently functions as the CMO at GyanDhan. He is deeply passionate about creating equality in higher education and has directly interacted with 2 Lakh students in his 8-year-long journey.

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