Preparing for the GMAT or the GRE


All degree-seeking applicants (excepting only those eligible for the GPA waiver) are required to submit a Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score. 

GMAT and GRE scores are considered valid for five years from the testing date. If your scores are more than five years old at the time your application is reviewed, new scores may be required. A GMAT score from 500-510 and above is recommended. GRE scores are easily converted to GMAT scores with the GRE Comparison Tool.

Preparing for the GMAT or GRE exam is like any goal that’s important to you - Start with a plan, execute it, and you’ll succeed!  These exams may seem intimidating at first, but it’s really just a test of the skills you’ve learned over time. Understanding the format, practicing sample questions, and reviewing one section at a time will help you arrive fully prepared on the day of your exam. 

What is the Difference between the GMAT and the GRE?

Students who are applying to a business school or another management program usually take the GMAT. Students who plan to study most other subjects in graduate school usually take the GRE. Both exams test students on verbal, math, and analytical skills.

However, the UVU MPS program gives prospective students the choice of which test to take. You may research the differences between the tests with the information and links below so you will be able to select the right test which best emphasizes your strengths.




The GMAT is offered year-round. On test day, you have three and a half hours to complete the four sections of the GMAT exam which include:

  • Verbal
  • Quantitative
  • Integrative Reasoning
  • Analytical Writing Assessment

Test-takers receive five scores: one for each section, plus a total score. You will also receive a percentile rank for each score. Then you will know the percentage of test-takers in the past three years who received a lower score.

The cost of the test is $250 (USD) around the world.

Additional details about testing locations and registering for the exam may be found at The GMAT Exam.

Preparing for the GMAT Exam

Students may benefit from some of the test preparation materials listed below.

  • The official website for the GMAT exam is
  • Self-study with online help tools, or a GMAT 2016 Official Guide Bundle, may work for motivated candidates who have a clear understanding of their weak spots.
  • Courses taught by skilled instructors are a great option for students who do better in a classroom learning environment. These courses usually available over a span of several weeks.
  • Online courses can also be particularly convenient for candidates with difficult schedules.

Preparing for the GMAT or the GRE

Additionally, the resources below may be useful in preparing for either exam.

  • Magoosh - Students have spoken highly of this online resource which includes video tutorials, practice questions and tests, and the ability to track your progress.
  • You may find helpful information on a GMAT blog named "Beat the GMAT" including useful updates about the exam and preparation guides.
  • Rankings for some books and study tools may be found at "Top 5 Best GMAT Study Guides: An Independent Review."
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The GRE is offered year-round and tests potential graduate students in four areas:

  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Skills

Test-takers receive three scores: one each for verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing. It is primarily a computer-based test. It can be given on paper, however, if the computer-based test isn’t available.

The test costs $205 (USD) worldwide.

Testing location and registration may be found at Test Center and Dates. Test results may be sent directly to UVU by using this school code - 4181.

Preparing for the GRE Exam

Many test preparation resources are available with some being listed below.
  • The official site for the GRE exam is at
  • Self-study with online help tools, or the Official GRE Super Power Pack, may work for motivated individuals who have a clear understanding of their weak spots.
  • Courses taught by skilled instructors are available in many locations. This may be a great option for students who do better in a classroom learning environment and may be completed over a few, short weeks.
  • Online resources provide a level of convenience for students needing additional flexibility in the schedules.