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Compare the GRE at Home vs. GMAT Online

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Chances are, your checklist for applying to business school includes the GRE or GMAT.  Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, test centers have been forced to suspend operations.  In response, ETS introduced an at-home option for the GRE and TOEFL in late March.  Subsequently, GMAC started offering the GMAT online.

Now, current MBA applicants, who had plans to take the GRE or GMAT at a test center, can take either exam online.  Of course, there are conditions and restrictions to ensure fair testing.  For example, both require a camera and a microphone to be able to speak to the proctor and show a 360-degree view of the testing room.  There are also restrictions on food and drink during the test, and candidates must stay on camera except during breaks.

See more in the chart below, which compares both options, to help you decide which admissions exam to complete.

Also, see our running list of admissions updates related to COVID-19 here.

GRE vs. GMAT Online

GRE at Home GMAT Online
Cost $205 $200
Content Adjustments None No AWA
Country Restrictions Not available in Iran and mainland China Not available in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Slovenia, and mainland China
Operating System Windows 10, 8, or 7 Windows 10 or 8.1, Mac OS 10.13 and above
Browser Chrome or Firefox Microsoft Edge, Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer 11
Live Proctor Yes Yes
Breaks One scheduled 10-minute break; 1-minute breaks between sections One scheduled 5-minute break
Food/Drink None Water in clear glass
Whiteboard Physical Whiteboard allowed; must be erased in view of proctor after test No physical whiteboard, online whiteboard provided
Score Preview After Test Yes No
Cancel Score After Test Yes No
Official Scores Via ETS portal 10-15 days after test date Via email within 7 days of test date
Retake Availability Can take within 21 days, up to 5 times No
Lauren Wakal
Lauren Wakal has been covering the MBA admissions space for more than a decade, from in-depth business school profiles to weekly breaking news and more.