Every Indian student after completing their school comes across  GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, and GMAT Exam names from their parents, relatives or friends since these exams aid as a ticket to study or settle abroad. The GRE is used to pursue MS abroad, whereas GMAT is for MBA abroad. If a student from a country other than the US wants to study college in the US, then TOEFL grades are required. IELTS exam is applicable to colleges in Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Now let’s get a glance about these exams in a more descriptive manner in GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, GMAT Exams.


The General Records Examinations, commonly known as GRE exam, is a gateway for students wanting to pursue their masters abroad and eventually settle there. The exam is of 340 marks, where above 320 is considered a good enough score to get a call from U.S colleges. It comprises of General tests and subject tests. Verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills are a part of General Tests. Whereas subject tests examine the general knowledge and skills on 8 specific subjects. Students can get to know the scores except analytical writing on the day of the exam itself and the analytical writing score will be released 8 days after the exam.


Students, who want to pursue their MBA abroad can opt for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). It is almost similar to GRE except for a few sections. GMAT has Analysis of an Argument whereas GRE has Analysis of an Issue. It comprises of 3 sections, namely, Analytical Writing section, Verbal section and Quantitative section. Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Data Interpretation are the topics from which quantitative questions are asked. The verbal section comprises of Critical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, and Sentence correction. To get any further idea about How to Prepare for GMAT Examination.


IELTS exam is for students who aspire to study or work abroad where English is the language of communication. It tests the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills of the students and it requires a preparation time of maximum 3-4 months. The only difference between IELTS and TOEFL is IELTS is applicable in UK colleges whereas TOEFL is for U.S colleges. For more details learn How to Prepare for IELTS Examination.


Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is a recommended test for non-native speakers of English. It is a compulsory requirement by most U.S institutions. It has almost the same pattern as IELTS where the listening, speaking, reading and writing abilities are examined. This is a computerized test unlike IELTS where there is a writing section and marks will be based on handwriting. If you don’t have a good handwriting, then TOEFL is your cup-of-tea.


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