When applying for a master's degree in the Canada or United States , many applicants need to take standardized tests such as the GMAT and GRE. They might ask: "What is the difference between these two tests?" "Which exam is simpler?" "Which one should I take?" "What score do I need?" ...and many other questions. Here, we will give you a detailed analysis of these two tests. We hope to help you identify the differences and more suitable choices.
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What are the main differences between the GMAT and GRE?
GMAT，Graduate Management As the name suggests, the GMAT is a standardized test designed to test the abilities of applicants applying to business schools. At the beginning of its establishment, GMAT was a standardized test used as the admission review standard for major business schools in the United States and Canada. Now many famous business schools in Europe also require GMAT scores as one of their admission requirements.
GRE，Graduate Record Examination In the United States, GRE test scores are regarded as one of the hard indicators of master's application requirements; in Canada, high-ranking schools also require applicants to provide GRE scores. The standardized test scores can well reflect the applicant's use of vocabulary, language accuracy, critical thinking, and logical analysis. In short, if the applicant's goal is to become a graduate or doctoral student of liberal arts, science, or engineering majors in a prestigious North American university, the GRE is a requirement.
Which is easier, the GMAT or the GRE?
How do applicants choose between GMAT and GRE?
If you have aclear goalof applying toa major in a business school, concentrating on preparing for the GMAT would be the best. When you enter the business school, you will find that the professor's lecturing style and content shows they are more familiar with the GMAT. In career development, if you choose to enter a consulting management company or investment bank, and engage in business-related work, some companies will require applicants to provide GMAT scores. If you are at this point in life, and you had been aware of this before you took the test, then good job on having done your research and planning ahead!
If you are planning to keep your options open, and you are thinking of applying toa major that is not business-related,, you may want to think about taking the GRE. The quantitative questions are easier, while having slightly more challenging verbal questions. However, candidates can be systematically trained to tackle the verbal questions to achieve higher scores. For applicants who major in liberal arts and have a weaker mathematical foundation, GRE is definitely the better choice.
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What GMAT or GRE scores do applicants need?
Based on the experience of a large number of previous applicants, if you want to apply for amaster's degree in the United States or Canada，, you need to ensure that your GRE score is not lower than 320 and your GMAT score is not lower than 700.。
- GRE 320+: Apply to the top 15 graduate schools in Canada or the top 60 graduate schools in the United States;
- GRE 325+: Apply to the top 10 graduate schools in Canada or the top 30 graduate schools in the United States;
- GRE 330+: Apply to the top 5 graduate schools in Canada or the top 10 graduate schools in the United States;
- GMAT 660+: Apply to the business schools of normal universities in North America;
- GMAT 710+: Apply to the top business schools in North America
Evidently, the score requirements of different colleges and majors will vary greatly. However, in order to attract more applicants, many North American graduate schools have appeared to have lowered theminimum requirementsshown on their official websites, but don't be fooled by the scores marked on the websites. Obviously, the higher the score, the better! As compensation for a low GPA, if a candidate can submit a GMAT score of 700+ or higher, it will greatly affect the chances of admission to the top business schools in North America.
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