You may be required to take the GRE or the GMAT if you’re an international student who is undergoing the University admissions process. A bilingual teacher at your ESL school can help you determine which test you need to take. Here are the differences between the two tests.

The Purpose of Each Test

The GRE, or Graduate Record Examination, is a University admissions requirement for many graduate schools. The GMAT, or Graduate Management Admissions Test, is a University admissions requirement for many MBA programs. Not every University program requires international students to take the GRE or GMAT, but the ones that do will use your score to determine if you are granted University admission.

The Structure of Each Test

The GRE consists of four sections: analytical writing, verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and an experimental section. The analytical writing section requires students to complete two essays. The verbal reasoning section evaluates reading comprehension and vocabulary. The quantitative reasoning section assesses math knowledge and reasoning skills. The experimental section is not scored, and consists of either verbal or math questions. The GMAT also has four sections: analytical writing, integrated reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and verbal reasoning. All sections are scored, and the analytical writing section only requires one essay.

How Each Test is Scored

The possible GRE scores range from 130 to 170. The test is administered online and multiple-choice questions are electronically scored. The essays are scored by two different trained GRE readers. The highest possible score on the GMAT is 800 and the lowest is 200. The test is administered and scored in the same way as the GRE.

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