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Difference between the GRE, GMAT and SAT

To prepare yourself for the challenging path, you are required to take initial steps at a very early age. The purpose of competitive exams is not only to judge your talent but also to test your management and planning skills. The whole concept of any competitive exam is based on strategic thinking and smart work. GRE, GMAT, and SAT are competitive tests for study abroad. Most US colleges and universities require applicants to take one or more standardized tests like the SAT, GRE, and GMAT. Standardized tests measure a student's critical thinking skills and ability to solve

problems, not reproduce knowledge.

There are 11 key differences in these three tests.

1. Purpose for Examination

GRE: Graduate Record Examination is for the admissions to master's and doctoral degree programs in various universities, GMAT: Graduate Management Admission Test is for the admissions in graduate management programs of business schools, and SAT: Scholastic Assessment Test is for the admission to undergraduate programs of universities or colleges.

2. Where they are accepted

GRE is mainly used by USA universities and few other countries, GMAT is used by worldwide universities, and SAT is used by mainly USA undergraduate colleges

3. The aspects they test

GRE tests the ability of Analytical writing, quantitative reasoning, and verbal reasoning, GMAT tests the ability of Quantitative reasoning, verbal reasoning, integrated reasoning, analytical writing, and SAT tests the ability of writing, critical reading, mathematics

4. Test Type

GRE gives the option of either a computer-based or paper-based standardized test, GMAT is a completely Computer-based standardized test, and SAT is solely a Paper-based standardized test.

5. Duration of the test

GRE lasts About 3 hours and 45 minutes it includes 1-minute breaks after each section and a 10-minute break after the third section, GMAT lasts around 3 hours, and SAT lasts 3 hours without the essay or 3 hours 50 minutes with the essay.

6. Basis of scoring

GRE ranges from 260 to 340 and AW ranges from 0 to 6: individually Analytical writing: 0.0 to 6.0, Verbal reasoning: 130 to 170, Quantitative reasoning: 130 to 170.

GMAT ranges from 200 to 800 and individually Quantitative section: 6-51, Verbal section: 6-51, Integrated reasoning section: 1 to 8, Analytical writing assessment: 0.0 to 6.0.

SAT ranges from 400 to 1600 and individually 200–800 on each of two sections English and Math and Essay scores on a scale of 2–8.

7. Eligibility criteria

GRE expects bachelor's degree graduates and pursuing graduation students, GMAT expects bachelor's degree graduates and pursuing graduation students, and SAT expects High school students.

8. Validity of Test

GRE, GMAT, and SAT are all valid for 5 years.

9. Dates and Exam schedule

GRE computer-based test can be taken anytime in the whole year, and GRE paper-based test can be taken three times in a year: February, October, and November, GMAT can be attempted anytime in the whole year, and SAT can be attempted 7 times in a year.

10. Restrictions on Attempts

GRE can be attempted a maximum of five times in a year, GMAT can be attempted a maximum of five times in a year, and SAT can be attempted a maximum of five times in a year.

11. Format of the test.


  • Analytical Writing: One "Analyse an Issue" task and one "Analyse an Argument" task, 30 minutes per task.

  • Verbal Reasoning (Two sections): 20 questions per section, and 30 minutes per section.

  • Quantitative Reasoning (Two sections): 20 questions per section, and 35 minutes per section.


  • Analytical writing assessment: 30 minutes for 1 essay

  • Integrated reasoning: 30 minutes for 12 questions

  • Quantitative: 62 minutes for 31questions

  • Verbal: 65 minutes for 36 questions.


  • Reading: 65 minutes for 52 questions

  • Writing: 35 minutes for 44 questions

  • Math: 80 minutes for 58 questions

Getting into any school is competitive and you don't want to take an actual SAT, GRE, or GMAT sight unseen. Since the SAT, GMAT, and the GRE are completely different tests, comparing scores on the two is like comparing apples to oranges. No matter which tests you decide to take, you'll need to prepare if you want to get a score that admissions officers can’t ignore.


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