What is the difference between GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, and GMAT?


Please note that all of the above-mentioned are exams that are internationally recognized and used by universities to access and accept students for various courses: both Bachelor and Master’s. TOEFL is accepted in the US, UK IELTS is accepted US, UK, AUSTRALIA, and other European countries and GRE is accepted in all countries, 





TOEFL is an acronym that stands for Test of English as a Foreign Language. This test of English is taken and recognized test for nonnative speakers of the English Language. And mostly needed by most US institutions. This test is used to measure and access the student’s ability to Writing, Reading, Speaking, and Listening in English in college and university settings. The colleges, universities, and scholarship agencies use these tests to access students for acceptance to a university.

There are several types of TOEFL formerly Paper-Based, Computer-Based, and Internet-Based. but Currently, Paper Based and Internet-Based (iBT) options are available.

and If you are taking TOEFL you can pay online or through several Agent platforms in your country, most countries like Armenia, Nigeria, etc. only the iBT will be available.

It costs up to US$150. Its score range is 0–30 Subject wise and 0–120 overall.

Please note that the most accepted scores for universities and colleges range from 89-120.






GRE is an acronym that stands for General Records Examinations. This test of English is taken and It is used to assess students before accepted to various Master’s programs (graduate degrees) worldwide. The GRE General Test has three main divisions: Analytical Writing,Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Reasoning. A typical computer-based test starts with the Analytical Writing section (1 hour).

The GRE English test assessment is 2 sections of Verbal Reasoning each with approximately 20 questions to be completed in 30 minutes.

The format for GRE exam structure is

  1. AWA Essay1: 30 min
  2. AWA Essay2: 30 min
  3. Verbal(30 min) or Math (35 min) or Experimental




IELTS is an acronym that stands for International English Language Testing Service. The difference between TOEFL and IELTS is that TOEFL is American and IELTS is British. But both of these English Language tests are designed for nonnative English language speakers.

IELTS is required by higher education institutions and various programs in the UK, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.

IELTS measures the ability to communicate in English across all four language skills structure which includes- Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. 

Applicants who intend to study or work where English is the language of communication will be required to write this exam.

Usually, international students can take either TOEFL or IELTS, but some institutions can have strict rules. For example, you cannot be granted a student visa in Australia without an IELTS score, TOEFL is not accepted.







GMAT stands for Graduate Management Admission Test. It is used to assess students’ knowledge and skills applying for advanced study in business and management.

It consists of a quantitative section, a verbal section, and an analytical writing assessment.

below is the structure of the GMAT Exams

Test Section:-

  1. Integrated Reasoning (Time – 30 minutes, No of Questions- 12, Score Range 1–8).
  2. Quantitative Reasoning(Time – 62 minutes, No of Questions- 31, Score Range 6–51 (in 1-point increments)).
  3. Verbal Reasoning (Time – 65 minutes, No of Questions- 36,Score Range 6–51 (in 1-point increments)).
  4. Analytical Writing Assessment (Time – 30 minutes, No of Questions- 1, Score Range 0–6 (in 0.5 point increments)).


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