GMAT or GREMarch 19th, 2011 Posted by supriya
GRE or GMAT
GRE vs GMAT… Its difficult to compare the two test taken by students worldwide. But GMAT is considered to be a little tougher than GRE. Lets see why…
GRE or the Graduate Record Exam is required for the graduate school programs for assesing the aptitude of the students. It does not test any specific subject but it test the ability of a student to respond to questions in a given time. GMAT or the Graduate management admission test is required for admission to most U.S. and Canadian MBA programs.
GRE and GMAT are quite similar in their overall structure and format. Verbal, quantitative and analytical writing are the skills measured of both of the tests. Total timed testing length is about the same for either exam (as long as 3 hrs. 30 min. for the GMAT; as long as 3 hrs. 15 min. for the GRE).Moreover, both the exams employ the same testing interface.
As of till date, around 140 B- schools accept GRE scores. So if you have set to your mind to go to a particular B-School, see that your school of interest accepts GRE scores. Students giving GRE have the advantage that it is offered in more number of cities and at a lower registration fee than GMAT.
For those who have a diverse academic interest, should consider giving GRE instead of GMAT. However, the best strategy so far is to give both the tests given you have enough time for preparation of both the exams. However, for those who are determind to go for an MBA program should definitely target GMAT since its score is considered by most of the B-schools. AS GMAT is specifically designed to address the skills required for graduate management education.
Coming to the evaluative pattern of these exams, its an established fact that GRE maths is way easier than that of GMAT. However, GRE stresses more on the vocabularay. On the other hand, GMAT verbal stresses on critical reasoning. However, the overall exam format remains more or less the same.
The monopoly of GMAT over business school standardized exams has disappeared once the top B-schools have started accepting GRE scores. However, the GRE versus GMAT battle still continues. But at the end its your discretion that matters. So before deciding what exam to take one should be clear about his or her interest. Both the exams being fairly similar in most of the areas of evaluation one should make a decision depending upon the requirement of the graduate or business school of their interest.