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Compare the GRE at Home vs. GMAT Online

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 HomeGMAT Online
Content AdjustmentsNoneNo AWA
Country RestrictionsNot available in Iran and mainland ChinaNot available in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Slovenia, and mainland China
Operating SystemWindows 10, 8, or 7Windows 10 or 8.1, Mac OS 10.13 and above
BrowserChrome or FirefoxMicrosoft Edge, Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer 11
Live ProctorYesYes
BreaksOne scheduled 10-minute break; 1-minute breaks between sectionsOne scheduled 5-minute break
Food/DrinkNoneWater in clear glass
WhiteboardPhysical Whiteboard allowed; must be erased in view of proctor after testNo physical whiteboard, online whiteboard provided
Score Preview After TestYesNo
Cancel Score After TestYesNo
Official ScoresVia ETS portal 10-15 days after test dateVia email within 7 days of test date
Retake AvailabilityCan take within 21 days, up to 5 timesNo


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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.

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