GMAT vs. GRE: Is the GMAT Harder than GRE?

As a student, you will come across many options of competitive exams. And none of those options will be equally easy or difficult for you.

Honestly in my opinion, no exam or test is easy or difficult. It can be either simple or complex.

If you look deeper into this, you will realize that your level of comfort with the test pattern and questions would differ from one test to another.

Here in this article, I will tell you the difference between GMAT and GRE, and on the basis of these differences you can figure out which test is more appropriate and apt for you.

GMAT vs. GRE Difficulty Level

Let us look at the level of depth involved in these test for various subjects and also the type of questions that are usually asked:

1. Verbal

There is a significant difference in this section for both the tests.

GMAT will test your grammar and comprehension skills to the hilt and wouldn’t care too much about your vocabulary.

But in GRE, you will be tested with complex and uncommon words with less focus on the reasoning of sentence formation.

Now here again, it is almost impossible to say which one is easier, because it completely depends on each student.

If you are good in remembering vocabulary and complex words, I would suggest go for GRE instead of GMAT.

Whereas if you are good at sentence correction and formation using simpler words with immaculate eye for grammatical mistake, GMAT is a better option for you.

2. Mathematics or Quant

It is an established fact that mathematics questions in both the tests are of the level that you study in high school, but there are still differences in the kind of questions asked in these two tests.

GRE is more geometry centric, while GMAT is more to do with numbers, equations and derivatives.

Also, the data sufficiency part of GMAT is much more complex than that in GRE, simply because more engineers, accountants and people with business educational background take GMAT more than students from humanities and other streams of education.

If mathematics is not your forte, I would suggest you to reconsider your decision of taking GMAT, and think again about taking GRE instead.

3. Writing

Since GMAT is all about getting into a business school, the writing is also related to business and economy.

You have to write an analytical passage on a given problem offering a solution in your words.

There is just one essay to be written in GMAT.

But in GRE there are two essays to be written.

GRE scores are also accepted for post graduate programs other than MBAs, therefore the focus is not that much on analytical writing.

Here the focus is given more to the literature and logic of your thought process as a writer.

If you are good at expression in terms of writing, GRE should be your preferred choice, whereas if you are good at analyzing an argument around economics, finance and business, GMAT should be your preferred choice.

Difference in GMAT and GRE

1. Price

The difference in price of taking these two tests is nearly 100 dollars.

A GMAT test would cost you around 250 dollars, whereas GRE would require only about 150 dollars.

The difference in money is not so much, but still a lot.

I would suggest, please also look at the course fee of the institute rather than the initial cost, as it would be just one time investment, but your course fee will hit your pocket much more in the long run.

2. Format

While both the tests are Computer Adaptive in nature, GRE gives you an option to skip questions and refer to them at a later stage of the test duration.

GMAT doesn’t give you this liberty.

You have to answer a question in GMAT to attempt the next one, which makes it a little more challenging than GRE.

3. Number of sections

There are 4 sections in GMAT, namely – Verbal, Quant, Reasoning, and Analytical, whereas in GRE there are 6 sections – two for verbal, two for quant, one analytical and one for writing.

The number of questions also varies for both the tests, but this number is not always constant.

It might change from time to time, but only marginally.

4. Duration of the test

GMAT is a fixed 3.5 hours test with a fixed number of questions, while GRE is minimum 3 hours, and can go up to 4 hours depending on the current format.

Please ensure that you have the habit of sitting for long hours for both the tests.

5. Scoring

GMAT is an 800 marks test, wherein you need to score more than 750 for the top universities and colleges.

On the other hand, according to the new format, GRE is only a 340 marks test, where a score of more than 330 would book your slot in one of the top universities.

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GMAT vs. GRE for Business Schools

Since the early 1950s, for MBA aspirants all across the globe, clearing GMAT has been the ultimate objective to fulfill their career dreams.

GMAT was, and still has been the most sought after entrance test to get admission into universities for MBA programs.

But the trend has been changing for the last few years.

There have been more than 700 colleges and universities around the globe that have started to take GRE scores for the admissions.

This list includes prestigious colleges and universities like Harvard, Stanford, Duke, MIT, Yale and NYU amongst others.

In fact, these universities were amongst the first ones to accept GRE scores.

In the end, I would suggest you not to guess the depth of the water without taking a dip.

In other words, please take a few mock test of both GMAT and GRE to understand for yourself where you stand as on date, and which test suits your capabilities, and in which test you are likely to score better.

I hope this article gave you clarity on the differences between GMAT and GRE.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to write back. All the best!

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