You have probably completed your Bachelor’s Degree and here you are, considering taking your education even further.

If you’ve done a bit of research, it’s likely that you have realized that you need to take either the GMAT or the GRE, but you might not know what they actually assess, or how they work. Here is everything you need to know about these two admission tests.

GMAT

GMAT and GRE in blog 1

Breaking it Down

GMAT stands for General Management Admissions Test. The key word here is management – the GMAT is usually the test that business schools require. So, if you are looking to get accepted into a competitive MBA program, then getting a GMAT score is very important.

What to Expect

Here’s what you should know about the GMAT. It is a computer-adaptive test – or CAT – which means that you can take the test at any time of the year, excluding holidays.

This exam is valid for a total of five years and is broken down into four sections:

  1. Analytical Writing
  2. Integrated Reasoning
  3. Quantitative
  4. Verbal

Test Time and Scores

Test takers are given three and a half hours to complete the examination. The GMAT score however may be a little confusing as each section is scored differently.

The Analytical Writing part of the test is graded on a scale from 0 to 6, which is evaluated by a computer and a human. The average of the two grades are then taken. 

The Integrated Reasoning section is graded from 1 to 8. Each question has several parts – each of these parts needs to be answered correctly to get a point. 

The Quantitative section and the Verbal section are graded separately. For these sections, you will get a score that ranges from 0 to 60. An overall/composite score is derived from these two sections and this is generally the score that most schools require.

GRE

GMAT and GRE in blog 2

Breaking it Down

GRE stands for Graduate Record Exam. The GRE can be submitted for schools offering a range of programs that are not necessarily business-focused. Having said that, in recent years, business schools have started to accept the GRE as an alternative to the GMAT.

What to Expect

The GRE can be taken as a paper-based or computer test. The computer test can be taken at any time of the year, but the paper test is usually scheduled by the institute providing and watching over the examination.

Your GRE score is also valid for five years and the test is broken down into three sections:

  1. Analytical Writing
  2. Quantitative
  3. Verbal

Test Time and Scores

Students taking this exam have a total of three hours and 45 minutes to complete their examination.

The GRE score is divided into three parts. The score for the Analytical Writing section ranges from 0 to 6 points. The Quantitative and Verbal sections although graded separately follow the same grading method in that you receive a point for every question answered correctly. The maximum score you can get in these sections is 170. 

You should know that test-takers sitting for the GRE examination will also have an unscored section that is simply for data collection and analysis.

As many schools are now accepting the GRE as well as the GMAT, you may be wondering which of these two exams you should take. Read our blog on the GRE versus the GMAT to help you decide.