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Preparing for any kind of test takes time and effort. The School of Economics and Business here at Saint Mary's College offers you the following information so you can better understand the GMAT and GRE and be prepared to do your best come test day.

Now that you have found the right graduate school for you to advance your career, what is the next step?  For many applicants that means studying and taking the GMAT or GRE.

What is the GMAT:
The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) exam is computer-based and is made up of four main sections: Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, and Verbal. You will have up to four hours to complete the exam. The GMAT exam is available year round and can be taken at various test centers. The GMAT costs $250. 

During the GMAT, as you answer each question, the computer scores your answer and uses it to determine which question to present next. Because the computer scores each question before selecting the next one, you may not skip, return to, or change your responses to previous questions. 

What is The GRE:
The GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) is a paper and computer based exam made up of four main sections: Analytic Writing, Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Critical Thinking Skills. You have over three hours to complete the exam depending on the format you choose to take it.

Just like the GMAT, if you choose the computer-based format the computer scores your answer and uses it to determine which question to present next. The GRE exam is available year round and be taken at various locations. Not all locations offer the paper-based exam. The GRE costs $185. 

Is it required?
The GMAT or GRE is required of all applicants to the Professional MBA. The GMAT/GRE may be required for applicants to the Master of Science in Financial Analysis & Investment ManagementMaster of Science in Accounting, and Master of Science in Business Analytics programs.

Is it better to take the GMAT or GRE?
Here at Saint Mary’s College we do not prefer one exam over the other. Scores from either test are valid for five (5) years. Applicants are welcome to take either exam more than once; we will only consider the highest score. The best way to determine whether the GMAT or GRE is better suited for you and your understanding is to take a practice test for each exam.  

Saint Mary's College recommends that applicants take practice tests or mock exams to prepare for the GMAT/GRE. By taking practice tests you will see sample questions, understanding the grading of each exam, feel what it will be like on testing day and improve your time management skills. 

We recommend that applicants try the free GMATPrep software to practice the actual testing experience.

You can also access free test preparation materials for the GRE.

It is only a test:
The GRE/GMAT is only one part of your application and is not the only factor in any of our admissions decisions. Saint Mary’s College considers all aspects of all applicants including work experience, undergraduate GPA, and Letters of Recommendation.

The Admissions Staff at the Graduate School of Business looks forward to meeting you and working personally with you throughout the admissions process. Good luck!