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What are the differences between the GRE and GMAT?

The Graduate Records Examination, more commonly known as the GRE and the Graduate Management Admissions Test, the GMAT, are two popular tests required for admissions to universities in the United States. Generally speaking, the GRE is known as more comprehensive exam, covering a variety of skills and therefore a more versatile example of one's skills. The GMAT, on the other hand, is usually taken only by students seeking admission into a business or management graduate program. With that said, some schools offer the choice of which exam to take up to the student and weigh neither more heavily than the other. As a prospective graduate student in the United States, it's important you consider which test will be best for you.

Which test is best for you?


Specific Test Differences to Note:

Programs that require each exam:

Regardless of which exam you are more likely to be successful with, the most important requirement in choosing which exam to take should be which exam is required or more acceptable to your program and schools of interest.

Throughout the U.S. and the world, over 700 MBA programs accept the GRE and GMAT. Generally speaking, the GRE is required by most graduate programs with the exception of a business, law, and medical programs which require their own exams. The GMAT is required by some but not all business programs and related fields.

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