Everything you need to know about the GRE and GMAT

All MSBA applicants are required to take either the GRE or the GMAT. Here are the basic differences:

GRE GMAT
Why Take it? Required by most grad schools and many business schools Required by most business schools
Structure Analytical writing: two 30-minute essays. Quantitative reasoning: two 35-minute tests. Experimental math/verbal: 35-minute test. Analytical writing: 30 minutes for test and an essay. Integrated reasoning: 30 minute test. Quantitative: 62 minute test, Verbal: 65 minutes.
Scoring Verbal and quantitative scores range from 130-170 in 1-point increments Overall score ranges from 200-800 in 10-point increments.
Price $205 $250
Duration 3.5-3.75 hours 3.5 hours
How long are scores valid? 5 years 5 years


Should I take the GRE or the GMAT?

Not sure which to take? Take a sample test of each to see which one you prefer. If you are applying to other business programs, the GMAT is the best bet. Many business programs require the GMAT for admissions consideration. Use this comparative infographic to help you decide. No matter which test you take, we recommend that you take the exam no later than two weeks prior to the application deadline to ensure we receive the official scores in time.

Sign up EARLY!!

The GMAT or GRE is probably the most challenging piece of the app to schedule in advance. Be sure to sign up for a GMAT or GRE test date early enough to ensure the test scores are sent at least two weeks before the application is due.

Take practice tests to self-assess.

Sample test scores will give you a baseline of how you score and help you determine where you need to improve. Here is a great list of GRE prep tests and another list of GMAT prep tests.

Make a study plan.

Once you know where your strengths and weaknesses are, work on them. It’s up to you to determine how much preparation is needed before taking the test. You can use self-study test prep materials or take a structured prep class online or in person. Here is a list of some GRE prep options and another list of GMAT prep options to get your search started. Good luck!