GMAT® vs. GRE®
Which should I take?
GMAT vs GRE: the question is, what route will you take? Graduate school or Business school? As you decide which test to take—GMAT or GRE–here’s what you need to know.
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GRE Prep Course includes:
- Taking a simulated GRE at an actual testing facility—a Kaplan exclusive.
- Dynamic, classroom sessions featuring comprehensive instruction by expert teachers
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- More than 180 hours of online instruction and practice
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Everything in our GRE Prep Course, PLUS personal coaching and additional math help:
- 3 hours of one-on-one time, live online with a GRE expert (over $400 value): Personalized coaching, review and analysis of practice test results, assistance building a study plan, and guidance on the graduate school application process.
- GRE Math Foundations - Self-Paced ($299 value): A collection of online videos and practice questions designed to build a strong foundation in the basic math skills essential for success on the GRE (on demand lessons & online workshops, and 400+ practice questions).
- GRE Advanced Math - Self-Paced ($299 value): In-depth online course covering the most advanced math topics you’ll see on the GRE (Instructional videos that break down each topic to make the difficult math easy to understand, 200+ high-difficulty practice questions, and immediate feedback after practice quizzes and lessons).
Deciding between GMAT or GRE
Of course, the ultimate determiner is whether the MBA programs to which you’re applying accept both tests or indicate a preference for one.
The GMAT and GRE are, in many ways, nearly identical:
- Both involve early-high-school-level math.
- Both rely heavily on reading comprehension.
- Both require essay-writing at the beginning of the test.
But there are notable differences between the GMAT and GRE:
Unique Quantitative Question—Quantitative Comparisons.
Unique Verbal Questions—Sentence Equivalence & Text Completion.
Unique Verbal Questions—Sentence Correction & Critical Reasoning.
Better for “creative/flexible” thinkers.
Better for ”number-crunching” thinkers.