November 13, 2015 at 3:22 pm #1207collmissonKeymaster
Before a few years ago, there was not even an option, but now many business schools have started accepting both the GMAT and the GRE.
So, let’s talk about the differences and the similarities between the GMAT and the GRE tests and any other consideration which should give you both for deciding which test you should take.
Similarities and differences in the Verbal section:
Both tests have reading comprehension which are fairly similar.
The GMAT has critical reasoning questions which are really close to a GRE question which is like a paragraph argument.
The real difference in the verbal section comes down to the vocabulary and grammar.
The GMAT tests your ability to fix sentences to identify faulty grammar, faulty style.
The GRE tests your vocabulary- How good you read a sentence and understand and plugin vocabulary to complete that meaning.
Similarities and differences in the Quantitative section:
Both are testing very similar concepts of algebra, geometry etc.
They both have a set of questions which have typical multiple choice math questions which you have seen in school.
The GRE has some questions that are similar to the integrated reasoning, but not as complex in the GMAT where data interpretation where you are given a graph and a table and you have to answer 1 or 2 questions based on that information.
The GRE has a section quantitative comparison which is very unique, just like the data sufficiency questions in the GMAT are unique.
In GMAT the math is harder than the GRE.
If you have just started and you are not sure which test to take, then take a full practice test of the GRE and the GMAT. Take some time to learn about the format of the test. Compare the GMAT and the GRE test scores and you can decide from your test scores which test you should take.
One of the main factors is- you have to check with schools before appearing the test. If the school accepts both GMAT and GRE, then you have an option to choose between the GMAT and the GRE. If the schools accept only GRE or only GMAT, then you have to take the required test.
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