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GMAT/GRE Test –why do I have to sit it?

The GMAT/GRE are essential for getting accepted onto a number of postgraduate courses. GRE is a general-purpose graduate school entrance test and is required for most programmesat the top postgraduate schools. GMAT incorporates the word “Management” and is specifically designed for business management programs. It is the gold standard if you want to study an MBA programme.

Since admissions departments place a great deal of emphasis on applicants’ scores in the tests you should start preparing for the exams several months in advance.

GMAT/GRE Test – which should I sit

The question is which one do you need to sit and that depends on what you want to study. The GRE is the preferred admissions test for most non-MBA graduate programmes, however, GRE is accepted for some MBA programmes. Certain MBA programmesonly accept GMAT. Therefore, if you are unsure of what you want to study, or plan dual-programmes, it may be better to write the GRE exam and cover both bases. However, if you know you want to do an MBA it is recommended you take the GMAT, as business schools do consider GMAT scores show commitment to an MBA. In fact most MBAs require GMAT regardless of their ranking. In addition, a good GMAT score will help your future career in the business and finance sectors, as potential employers will take GMAT scores into consideration.

In summary, if you know where you are applying then check with the school. If you are unsure of the school then look at your intended major. If you plan to do an MBA then write GMAT. Still unsure, then you may decide to write both.

What are the key differences between GMAT and GRE?

There are some obvious similarities. Both have a Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections. Both exams test essay writing ability through Analytical Writing Assessment. However, significant differences arise when you look deeper into the focus and style. GRE tests advanced academic English vocabulary, while the GMAT vocabulary is easier but uses advanced English grammar.

In the Analytical Writing Assessments GMAT requires less writing. The GRE requires two essays to analyse an argument and then a social issue; the GMAT has one.


 – In the Quantitative Reasoning section the GMAT exam does not allow the use of calculators. This means the math is easier in some ways because you must solve problems mentally, but tougher because you cannot check your answer with a calculator.   

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Elab’s GMAT/GRE preparation programme will teach you time-management, thinking skills and techniques that you need to improve your score – irrespective of which examination you plan to sit.

GMAT/GRE Test – Elab’s programme

Our programme is run by highly experienced tutors. Researchers do not agree on how many hours’ preparation are needed before sitting the exams, with estimates ranging from 60-200 hours. However, it is essential to prepare well in advance, to be familiar with the format of each section, and to practise answering questions within rigid time constraints.

After an initial assessment, Elab will agree a study programme for candidates including one-on-one, or workshop sessions with our experienced tutors covering:

  • Analytical Writing
  • Integrated Reasoning
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Quantitative reasoning

Elab’s programme will provide you with an insider’s view of what to expect, the tools you need to tackle each section, teach you advanced exam skills, and help you to maximise your score.

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