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GRE to GMAT Conversion

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
Wondering how your GRE score compares to a GMAT score? Read on to learn about how you can convert your GRE score to a predicted GMAT score, along with key differences between the two exams.

How to Compare GRE Scores to GMAT Scores

Because the GRE and GMAT are different exams, there is no exact score conversion for the tests. However, the ETS, which administers GRE exams, does offer a tool to help test takers, and business schools compare GRE and GMAT scores. The interactive tool allows one to enter a GRE test taker's quantitative reasoning and verbal reasoning scores to determine the predicted GMAT total score and likely scoring range, along with predicted GMAT quantitative and verbal scores. Predicted scores are based on statistical analysis of the real scores of 472 students who opted to take both exams.

Sample Score Conversions

Actual GRE Quantitative Reasoning/Verbal Reasoning Scores Predicted GMAT Total Score Predicted GMAT Scoring Range Predicted GMAT Quantitative Score Predicted GMAT Verbal Score
170 / 170 800 760 - 800 53 46
165 / 165 730 670 - 780 47 41
160 / 160 640 590 - 700 41 36
155 / 155 560 500 - 610 34 32
150 / 150 470 420 - 530 28 27
145 / 145 390 330 - 440 22 23
140 / 140 300 250 - 360 16 18
135 / 135 220 200 - 270 9 14

To convert specific GRE verbal and quantitative scores, you may utilize the free conversion tool on the ETS website (ets.org/gre).

Additional Considerations When Comparing the GMAT and the GRE

While the GMAT and the GRE are similar, there are several important differences between the exams. If you are deciding which to take, or if you already took one and are considering retaking the same exam or attempting to take the other, keep in mind that:

  • Most business schools accept both exams, but the GRE is also used for non-business graduate programs. If you aren't certain whether you want to go to business school, or if you might pursue multiple graduate degrees, the GRE offers you that flexibility. Taking the GMAT, on the other hand, demonstrates that you are committed to completing a business school program.
  • While the idea of taking both exams and seeing how you score on each may be tempting, test-takers are advised to choose one. Remember that, to get ready for one of these exams, you will need to commit a significant amount of time to studying and taking comprehensive exam prep classes, such as Study.com's online GMAT Prep: Help and Review or GRE Test: Practice and Study Guide courses.
  • Check with your desired schools to see if there are any reasons why you should take one exam, rather than the other. At some institutions, for example, you must take one of the tests in order to be considered for scholarships.
  • While the content of the exams is similar, the math section is somewhat more difficult on the GMAT. If math isn't your strength, you may want to choose to take the GRE.
  • Whichever test you take, remember that your admission to graduate school does not hinge exclusively on your test scores. Schools also consider your transcripts, letters of recommendation and application essays.

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