GRE or GMAT: The Road to MBA Abroad

GRE or GMAT? MBA Abroad

Myth1: GMAT is your ‘only’ gateway to MBA Abroad.

Myth2: GRE is complex than GMAT.

If you are planning to study abroad, then it is likely that you must have heard about the GMAT exam. If you are particularly planning to study MBA abroad then you may or may not have heard about the GRE. GRE stands for Graduate Record Examination, is conducted by Educational Testing Service (ETS). Broadly speaking, it is one of the most widely accepted tests by the various business schools, primarily in the US.

The GMAT vs GRE. Why the tussle?

It all started in 2006. Until then, GMAT that is owned by the Graduate Management Admission Council was conducted by ETS. All of a sudden, in 2006, the GMAC decided to collaborate with ACT-Pearson to conduct its flagship GMAT exam. Since then, the tests have witnessed major changes in their pattern to entice leading b-schools. There is no doubt that the GMAT, over the years, has carved a niche; however, the GRE also is one of the widely accepted MBA exams.


  • The simple reason, which makes the GMAT as a widely accepted testing service, is its wider acceptance as a better indicator of a student’s performance and aptitude.
  • Secondly, GMAT is widely acknowledged by the b-schools across the world. The GMAT is usually chosen by the students who wish to do MBA abroad. Conversely, the GRE is a more ‘widespread’ test as it can be taken for any postgraduate course.
  • More than 5600 business programs at around 1800 universities accept the GMAT score, making it by far the most acceptable b-school test. Notably, GMAT can be given in one format – Computer-based test.

Why GRE?

  • GRE is considered an easier exam to crack than the GMAT.
  • Secondly, it can be taken by a student aiming to study any post-graduation course, making it a generalized test. Consecutively, taking a GRE is less likely to hit your ‘bank balance’. Additionally, the test can be taken in any format – ‘pen and paper based’ or ‘computer-based’.
  • The emphasis of the GMAT is to test an individual’s knowledge of the grammar, whereas, the GRE is a boon for those with a strong vocabulary. In addition, the Math Section of the GRE is comparatively easier than the GMAT.


The GMAT and GRE have similar sections, but the objective of both the exam is dissimilar. For instance, consider the Verbal Ability Section. In GRE, the objective of the exam is to encourage students to improve their vocabulary. Conversely, the objective of the GMAT is to test Grammar skills. Consequently, if you think that preparing for one exam will equip you to sit for both the exams; you have already started on a weaker foot.

Scoring system

The scoring system of both the GRE and the GMAT are as dissimilar as the North Pole and the South Pole.


  • Analytical Writing: 0-6 Scale.
  • Verbal: 130-170 Scale.
  • Quantitative: 130-170 Scale.

Combined score: 260-340


  • Integrated Reasoning: 1-8 Scale.
  • Analytical writing: 0-6 Scale.
  • Verbal: 0-60 Scale.
  • Quantitative: 0-60 Scale.

Combined Score: 200-800

Final Verdict

If the b-school you are applying to, accepts GRE then we would advise you to sit for GRE, as it will provide you a complete analysis of your score. Secondly, as GRE is necessary for other post-graduation courses, therefore, you will have the option to apply to other programmes. If you are still unsure, we advise you to try mock tests of the both.