GRE and the GMAT are standardized tests required for admissions to national and international business schools. For a long period, the GMAT was considered the best means to test your academic readiness for an MBA program. However, the acceptance of GRE scores for MBA admissions has recently seen a rise too. The information available regarding the GRE scores for business schools is still limited. Hence, most business schools use the GRE to GMAT score conversion method to compare the scores of all applicants.
Let us have a look at how the business schools do the GMAT GRE Conversion.
About GMAT and GRE
The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a multiple-choice, standardized, computer-adaptive entrance exam, which is considered as an admission requirement to business schools in India and abroad. This test is administered by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) and can be taken throughout the year. More than two-lakh aspirants including working professionals and students take this exam every year. Moreover, the syllabus of the test is structured in a way to assess your skills in three areas — analytical writing, logical reasoning and critical thinking.
Unlike GMAT, the Graduate Records Examination or GRE is a standardized entrance test that is required for admissions to Masters Degree or Ph.D. in any field at universities across the globe. The test is conducted and controlled by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and is available in two formats — General Test and Subject Test. The General Test focuses on testing your verbal ability, analytical writing assessment and quantitative reasoning skills, whereas subject tests assess your knowledge in a particular field of study.
Although both GRE and GMAT exams cover similar topics and ask similar types of questions, there are few differences between the two tests, especially regarding score reporting and the test format. Here’s a table to help you understand these differences.
|The Testing Parameters||GRE||GMAT|
|Total Duration||3 hours and 45 minutes (with a 10-minute break after the third section)||3 hours 30 minutes (including two optional 8-minute breaks)|
|Score range||Cannot be combined to form a total score as each section is scored separately||Total score range is 200 to 800, in 10-point increments.|
|Test format||Section-level adaptive||Question-level adaptive|
The GMAT is scored on a 200-800 scale (this is a total score), while GRE doesn’t provide you with a total score. However, the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative sections of both GMAT and GRE play a major role in deciding your cumulative scores. In GRE, the scores of Quant and Verbal, which are separately scored in the range of 130-160, are just added together to give your total GRE score. However, in GMAT, your Verbal and Quant scores are separately scored and scaled to calculate your overall GMAT score.
GRE GMAT Score Conversion Chart
ETS — the conducting body of GRE — has introduced a tool to convert GRE to GMAT scores. This GRE to GMAT conversion tool helps the schools to predict the equivalent GMAT score (Quantitative and Verbal scores) using the available GRE Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative reasoning scores.
To use this tool for GRE conversion to GMAT, you should first visit the ETS website and go to the Score Interpretation Resources page, where you’ll find Business School Comparison Tool. Then, you have to enter your GRE Quant and verbal scores in the boxes provided there. Once you fill it, you will get the possible GMAT total score, along with the predicted GMAT Verbal and quantitative score.
To begin with, given below is a GRE to GMAT Score Conversion table that shows how the GRE scores are converted to GMAT scores. The table is created based on the data provided by the GRE’s comparison tool for B-schools.
|GRE Quant Score||GMAT Quant Scaled score||GMAT Quant Range (approx)||GRE Verbal Score||GMAT Verbal Scaled Score||GMAT Verbal Score Range (approx)||GRE Score||GMAT Score|
If you are still confused on how to convert your GRE score to GMAT score, you can use the conversion table provided below to understand what would be your possible GMAT score based on the GRE Quant scores and Verbal scores.
Just like predicting your cumulative score, it is also important to check what your percentile scores would be after conversion. The GMAT score percentiles indicate your performance in the test as compared to other test-takers.
Your official GRE and GMAT score reports also include your percentile scores.
Here’s a table that will give you an overview of the GRE GMAT Quant and Verbal Reasoning Percentile Comparison.
|Percentile Comparison – Verbal Reasoning|
|GMAT Verbal Score (0-60)||GRE Verbal Score (130-170)||Percentile (Approx)|
|Percentile Comparison – Quantitative Reasoning|
|GMAT Quant Score (0-60)||GRE Quant Score (130-170)||Percentile (Approx)|
Most B-schools accept both GRE scores and GMAT scores for admission purposes. Hence, figuring out which test is the best for you can be difficult. Though business schools use GMAT to GRE conversion tools to check the scores, an exact comparison between the two scores is not possible. Therefore, before taking a decision, know which exam aligns with your skills and do your research on the acceptance rate of these scores. Besides, consider the points mentioned above, and compare your scores.
- Which is better: GRE or GMAT for a Masters admission?
When it comes to admission requirements both the GRE and GMAT test scores are considered valid by the admission committees of all business schools and universities across the globe. However, if you’re certain about enrolling in an MBA programme in India or abroad, then it is better to opt for a GMAT test since GRE may have slightly lesser scope than the GMAT test. If you’re not sure whether you’re going to be studying a masters in business or tech, then it is advisable to opt for the GRE since it offers better flexibility than the GMAT. Hence, it all depends on your higher education goals.
- How many universities or business schools accept the GMAT scores as part of their admissions process?
For the past 60 years the GMAT has been used as a standard test for MBA admissions at most business schools. Currently, GMAC states that nearly 7000 master programmes and over 2300 business schools accept the GMAT test as part of their admission requirements.
- What are the different types of GRE tests?
There are two types of GRE tests: GRE General test and GRE Subject test.
- Which universities accept GRE test scores?
GRE scores, unlike the GMAT, are accepted by a wide variety of institutions, from law to business schools, GRE scores have wider scope when compared to the GMAT which is only acceptable for business related courses. You can check out the list of GRE accepting universities on ETS’s official website.