GMAT vs. IELTS: The Facts and the Differences

In case you’re applying for a post graduate-level degree, you might be required to submit scores from at least one standardized graduate admission tests like GRE, GMAT, TOEFL,IELTS or other international standardized test. Most often students get confused over the tests required for abroad studies to gain a specialization. If you have thrive for international, but irked over which exam to take between GMAT or IELTS, we have presented a comparative study between the two 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 is valid for 5 years The score is valid for 2 years
Result needed 400-600 Not specified.

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