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GRE or GMAT - Which should I take?

While you might consider us biased (we do offer GRE prep, after all...), we feel there are three solid reasons to consider taking the GRE over the GMAT.

1. The GRE gives you more flexibility

The GRE is a general graduate exam accepted by programs of all kinds, while the GMAT is only accepted by business schools.

2. The GRE is easier

The GMAT requires more logical reasoning than the GRE, which adds another layer of complication beyond just knowing the relevant quantitative and verbal material.

3. The GRE is less competitive

For the prestigious business schools listed below, the median accepted GRE scores were on average 9 percentile points lower than median GMAT scores.

University
Percentiles
University of Pennsylvania, Wharton
96th GMAT; 85th GRE
Stanford University, GSB
96th GMAT; 91th GRE
Harvard University, HBS
96th GMAT; 88th GRE
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan
96th GMAT; 88th GRE
University of Chicago, Booth
96th GMAT; 88th GRE
Columbia University, CBS
96th GMAT; 85th GRE
Northwestern University, Kellogg
96th GMAT; 85th GRE
University of California - Berkeley, Haas
96th GMAT; 84th GRE
Yale University, SOM
94th GMAT; 91th GRE
Duke University, Fuqua
89th GMAT; 78th GRE
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Ross
94th GMAT; 85th GRE
Darthmouth University, Tuck
94th GMAT; 85th GRE
New York University, Stern
94th GMAT; 85th GRE
University of Virginia, Darden
92th GMAT; 81th GRE
Cornell University, Johnson
89th GMAT; 80th GRE
Average
94th GMAT; 85th GRE
What's a good GRE score?

Getting into a business school or graduate program that requires a GRE score is incredibly competitive. The top 10 business schools have an average acceptance rate of just 10.9%, and top-tier graduate programs have similar standards. Achieving a top-percentile Verbal and Quantitative score can make the difference between a summary rejection and an invitation to interview. Source for data below: ETS.org

PercentileQualitativeVerbalWriting
99th1701696.0
90th1671625.0
80th1621584.5
70th159155
60th1561534.0
50th153151
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How long is the GRE?

The GRE is roughly four hours long (including breaks), and is divided into seven sections. The first two sections are always essay prompts, while the next five sections are 20-question verbal and quantitative problem sets. The first section after the essays will be randomly determined, and the sections will alternate thereafter. This means that there will be three of whichever section is randomly selected, and one of these three sections will be the unscored research section.

Students receive a 10-minute break after the fourth section, and 1-minute breaks between all the others.

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Our content was written exclusively for Achievable by StellarGRE's founder, Orion Taraban, Psy.D. Orion is one of San Francisco's top GRE instructors, with over fifteen years of teaching experience and a perfect score on the GRE. He was previously a professor of mathematics at the City University of New York, and was the master teacher for the GRE quantitative section at Barron's Test Prep.

Orion offers private tutoring and group classes via teleconferencing platform, and interested students can inquire through his website. He is a licensed psychologist in private practice, and lives in San Francisco.
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