What Do You Need to Know about the GMAT and GRE tests


The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) measures your ability to handle graduate-school level work through verbal, quantitative, and analytical reasoning questions.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is developed and administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Graduate school admissions committees use your score to gauge your abilities and compare them with those of other applicants.

More specific information regarding test fees and registration can be found in the GRE-Bulletin (which you can find in the Commission Advising Centre) or on the GRE-website.

The GRE is now a computer adaptive test (CAT). In other words, no more pencils, ovals, or eraser dust. Instead, you take the exam on a computer. During the test, you will see one question at a time which you must answer in order to move on to the next question. The first question will be of average difficulty. The computer will then select subsequent questions based on whether you got the first one right or wrong. The exam will continue in this way until you've seen the required mix of concepts and question types.

On the GRE, you will receive a "scaled score" within a range of 200-800 for each of the three sections (verbal, quantitative, and analytical). You cannot score higher than 800 or lower than 200 on any one section.

More specific information regarding test fees and registration can be found in the GRE-Bulletin (which you can find in the Commission Advising Centre) or on the GRE-website. Most UK Graduate programmes do not require candidates to sit the GRE, whereas in the US it is strict criteria for schools.


The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) was created and is  administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). GMAT scores are also used by admissions committees as a useful guide in comparing the credentials of candidates from widely varying backgrounds.

The GMAT is a standardized test. Standardized tests by definition are predictable. Knowing the format and structure of the exam and applying certain strategies to address them can significantly increase score levels. In short, targeted preparation is the key to success on the GMAT.

It is designed to help graduate business schools  assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in business and management. GMAT scores are only one predictor of academic performance in the first year of graduate management school. 

All universities require graduate work in business administration. The GMAT measures general verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills that are developed over a long period of time.  It does not test business competence nor specific subject knowledge. Data Sufficiency and Problem Solving questions are mingled throughout the quantitative section, and Sentence Correction, Reading Comprehension, and Critical Reasoning questions are mingled throughout the verbal section.  The verbal and quantitative sections are multiple-choice and computer-adaptive.  For the analytical writing section of the test, you will be presented with two essay topics and will type your responses using the computer keyboard.  You can find the timing information for each section of the test in the Information Bulletin or on the website.

The GMAT is now administered as a computer-adaptive test (CAT) throughout North America and in many other parts of the world, including Belgium.

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