gmat vs gre

Confused between GMAT or GRE?

Now that you have decided to pursue your post-graduation abroad, you have looked at your dream schools and are willing to take the leap, oh but let me guess you are not sure whether to prepare for GRE or GMAT.


Graduate Record Exam or GRE is a standardized computer/paper-based test that is taken by individuals who are interested in pursuing postgraduate study at universities all over the world.


Graduate Management Aptitude Test or GMAT is a computer-adaptive standardized test that is taken by individuals to apply to business schools all over the world.

Is one test easier?

In general, the GMAT suits those who have strong quantitative and analytical skills, who also excel at interpreting data presented in charts, tables, and text to solve complex problems. The GRE math section tends to be more straightforward and, unlike the GMAT, includes a calculator for all quantitative problems.

Strong editors may gravitate to the GMAT’s verbal section while test-takers with strong vocabularies may prefer the GRE. Both tests have their “oddball” question types—Quantitative Comparison of the GRE and Data Sufficiency on the GMAT—that will take some prep to get used to.

GMAT is question-adaptive for each section. If you answer one question correctly, the next one will be of a slightly greater difficulty level. GRE, on the other hand, is, in-section-adaptive.

How do I choose?

The best way to determine whether the GMAT or GRE is better suited to your abilities is to get your feet wet with a practice test for each exam.