GMAT vs. IELTS: The Facts and Differences


For pursuing higher studies abroad, the candidates are often asked to attach the scores of at least any of the standardized graduate admission tests like GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS or other international standardized tests along with the admission application. Usually, students get confused over which test is apt for their course they want to pursue. On a wide aspect, GMAT is exclusively for MBA, GRE is for Master’s in Science or Management studies, IELTS and TOEFL are for the pursuing specialisation in Humanities or seeking international job opportunities.

If you have thrived for an international MBA and followed with an aim of gaining working experience in the foreign land, you must know the differences between GMAT and IELTS  and decide which test assist you in meeting the future endeavours.

Abbreviation Graduate Management Admission Test International English Language Testing System
Target Audience Business schools Applicants English language learners
Accepted  by International Business Schools Institutions offering English language program or obtaining Visa for countries where English language proficiency is mandatory
Purposes Evaluating student’s suitability in B-schools English language proficiency for an academic or general context
Subjects Verbal, Mathematical and Analytical Skills There  are two versions of the test: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training
Duration 3 hours 30 minutes 2 hours 30 minutes
Test contents Analytical writing assessment, Quant, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning Listening, Reading, Speaking, and writing.
Scoring 200-800 0-9
Cost US$250 (worldwide) Varies from country to country. In India, costs INR 8900
Validity The score valid for 5 years The score valid for 2 years
Result needed 400-600 Not specified

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