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. 

Score Reporting

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)
Syllabus
  • Analytical Writing
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Integrated Reasoning
  • Analytical Writing Assessment
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
170 53 47-59 170 46 40-51 340 800
169 52 46-57 169 45 39-51 338 790
168 50 45-56 168 44 38-50 336 780
167 49 44-55 167 43 37-49 334 760
166 48 42-54 166 42 36-48 332 740
165 47 41-52 165 41 35-47 330 730
164 45 40-51 164 40 34-46 328 710
163 44 39-50 163 39 33-45 326 690
162 43 37-49 162 38 32-44 324 670
161 42 36-47 161 37 31-43 322 660
160 41 35-46 160 36 30-42 320 640
159 39 34-45 159 35 30-41 318 620
158 38 32-44 158 35 29-41 316 610
157 37 31-43 157 34 28-40 314 590
156 36 30-41 156 33 27-39 312 570
155 34 29-40 155 32 26-38 310 560
154 33 27-39 154 31 25-37 308 540
153 32 26-38 153 30 24-36 306 520
152 31 25-36 152 29 23-35 304 500
151 29 24-35 151 28 22-34 302 490
150 28 22-34 150 27 21-33 300 470
149 27 21-33 149 26 20-32 298 450
148 26 20-31 148 25 20-31 296 440
147 24 19-30 147 25 19-30 294 420
146 23 17-29 146 24 18-30 292 400
145 22 16-28 145 23 17-29 290 390
144 21 15-26 144 22 16-28 288 370
143 19 14-25 143 21 15-27 286 350
142 18 12-24 142 20 14-26 284 330
141 17 11-23 141 19 13-25 282 320
140 16 10-21 140 18 12-24 280 300
139 14 9-20 139 17 11-23 278 280
138 13 7-19 138 16 10-22 276 270
137 12 6-18 137 15 10-21 274 250
136 11 5-16 136 15 9-20 272 230
135 9 4-15 135 14 8-20 270 220
134 8 2-14 134 13 7-19 268 200
133 7 1-13 133 12 6-18 266 200
132 6 0-11 132 11 5-17 264 200
131 4 0-10 131 10 4-16 262 200
130 3 0-9 130 9 3-15 260 200

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. 

Percentile 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)
0-6 130 0-2 %
51-60 169-170 99%
Percentile Comparison – Quantitative Reasoning
GMAT Quant Score (0-60) GRE Quant Score (130-170) Percentile (Approx)
6-10 130-131 0-1 %
51 170 96-97 %

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. 

FAQs

  • 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.

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