With an array of MBA programs available, with a plethora of choices, it becomes difficult at times for the candidates to narrow down the choice to one single course and decide which one suits better. Earlier, there was a conception that to get a rank and a seat in the MBA, it becomes exceedingly important to have a proper GMAT score and give the exam. However, in recent years, this trend has changed. GRE has become an equally forward option to consider, in case you want to secure your position safely in a top school. While the basic pattern of the people who attempt to give GMAT are those who wish to attend business schools and also opt for an MBA program. While the GRE, is more comprehensively used to secure admissions for a variety of graduating school programs. In short, GMAT is used only in the application to business schools while the scope of GRE is wide and raging to an open variety.

Let us sort out the clear points of difference between GMAT and GRE:


There are three main sections included in the GRE exam pattern- analytical writing, quantitative reasoning, and verbal reasoning.

  • Analytical reasoning- Two essays, with a time span of 30 mins each. You have to be very adept and up-to-date with your skills and essay reading abilities. You would have to do both - go through the essay and be able to comprehend it and write about it as well in a stipulated time frame.
  • Quantitative reasoning- having two sets oftwenty questions each, you would be required to attempt 40 MCQ questions on a total. You should have a strong command over maths as a subject, and also be able to nail the questions well, keeping in mind the negative marking aspect and the time management too.
  • Verbal reasoning- you would be having to deal with two sets of 20 questions each. You should have good grammar, critical reasoning and comprehension skills to tackle this section effectively.


The score range for GRE’s Analytical Writing section is from 0-6, in half-point increments. Both Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning are scored the same way. Their score range is 130-170, in one-point increments. The three-section scores are generally reported separately and not combined into a single composite score.

The GRE is also typically taken on the computer, and it is section-level adaptive. This means that your score on the first section of both Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning will affect the difficulty of the questions tested on the second section for each subject.

Unlike the GMAT, where each individual question determines the difficulty of the next question, on the GRE, your score on the entire section determines the difficulty of the next section on that subject. On the GRE you can return to questions you’ve already answered within a section.


There are four different sections included in the GMAT section, which deals with the rigorous topics under the scanner. They are:-

  • Analytical writing assessment- this section consists of writing a 30 min essay, which you should be skilled in writing.
  • Integrated reasoning- this section is again tricky and requires a clear mind to attempt the questions. It is a set of 12 questions, which need to be dealt with in an organized manner.
  • Quantitative section- as many aspirants come from varied backgrounds of education, not many would be having sound knowledge of mathematics as a subject. The practice for this section needs to be thorough and crystal clear, for you to prepare and attempt the type of questions asked. There is a set of 31 questions, which need to be attempted within the given time frame.
  • The verbal section- this section needs your command over the English language to be pretty decent. The questions asked can be tough and really compelling, but it is just another checkpoint, in the exam. The section has 36 questions, which would require you to be quick and would definitely test your analytical and decision-making skills.


The GMAT is taken on the computer, and it is an adaptive test. This means that, when you begin the Quantitative and Verbal sections, the first question you see in each section will be a medium difficulty. If you answer that question correctly, the next question will be slightly harder, and if you answered incorrectly, the next question will be slightly easier. This process continues throughout the entire section for both Quantitative and Verbal. Once you answer a question on the GMAT, you can’t go back to it. Adaptive testing is used to get more accurate scores by selecting specific questions with varying difficulty levels from a larger pool.