The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is a computer-based test designed to assess the skills needed for admission in a postgraduate program, such as an MBA. It has four sections: firstly, Analytical Writing, which measures your ability to think critically and communicate your ideas. Secondly, Integrated reasoning, which verifies your ability to analyze data and evaluate information presented in various formats. Thirdly, Quantitative Reasoning, which determines your ability to analyze data and draw conclusions using reasoning skills. Finally, Verbal Reasoning, which measures your ability to read and understand written material, to evaluate arguments and correct written material in accordance to standard written English. Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning are computerized adaptive tests, which means that the computer adjusts the test questions to the skill level of the candidate. This feature allows the exam to assess potential with a higher degree of accuracy and provide grades considered more reliable by business schools. The maximum score is 800. The GMAT lasts for 3 and a half hours, without taking the breaks into account.
The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) General Test is also a computer-based test and is designed to assess the skills required for admission to a postgraduate management program, such as an MBA. Over the years, it has become a more popular alternative to the GMAT. It contains three sections: Analytical Writing, Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning. It is 3 hours and 45 minutes long, not including breaks. The scoring bands for each section are: 130-170 for Verbal Reasoning; 130-170 for Quantitative Reasoning; and 0-6 for Analytical Writing. The maximum score is 340 points (without taking into account the Analytical Writing section).