GMAT GRE Difference: Which Test Is Right For You?

You’re on the cusp of pursuing the graduate degree you need in order to hone your skills and take your career to the next level, but you’ve hit your first road block: standardized testing. Is there a GMAT GRE difference? While those acronyms (GRE, GMAT) float around your head, you wonder where to start.

Should you take the GRE or GMAT? What’s the difference? Is one easier than the other?

The infographic below outlines the differences between the GMAT and GRE to help you to determine which test is right for you. The answer will most likely depend on your personal skill set. Typically the GMAT has been the required test for those looking to pursue an MBA, but many graduate business programs will accept either a GMAT or a GRE.

GMAT GRE Difference

According to this infographic, the GMAT tends to have a more challenging math section, while the GRE tends to have a more challenging verbal and vocabulary section. The GMAT also puts a greater focus on grammar while the GRE has a greater focus on writing.

Located in the metro Washington, D.C. area, George Mason’s MBA Program, prepares the next generation of business leaders through a rigorous, stimulating business and management curriculum based on a global perspective, industry demand, and leadership preparing graduates with the skills they need to pursue the career they want. Mason’s MBA program is ranked #74 on the “Best Part-time MBA” list by U. S. News & World Report.

GMAT vs GRE Tip: Mason’s MBA program will waive the GMAT/GRE requirement for candidates who have demonstrated through work experience and/or academic background that they have a strong quantitative background.

GMAT GRE difference


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Paige Wolf

As director of graduate programs at George Mason's School of Business, my vision is to have a vibrant, collegial community of active learners who develop enduring professional relationships with faculty, staff, and fellow students while pursuing their degrees. Prior to this position, I spent 11 years with the School of Business as an associate professor of management teaching both MBA and undergraduate courses in organizational behavior and human resource management. I have more than 16 years of experience as an internal and external consultant on strategic human resource initiatives including team building, organizational development, competency modelling, performance management, employee selection systems, career planning, employee training and development, leadership assessment, and human resource audits.

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