Deciding to do a master’s degree is not easy for anyone. Actually, it is a pretty daunting and lengthy process to achieve one. If you’re reading this, chances are you are considering the process. This article compares two of the most common standardized tests — the GMAT and the LSAT.
Firstly, let’s do a short breakdown analysis of each of the exams.
The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a post-graduate entrance exam for those who wish to do an MBA. The test consists of four sections and takes about three hours to complete. The score ranges from 200-800.
Most of the best business schools require a high score on the GMAT. For example, to be able to get into a prestigious business school, it is best to score a 700+.
The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is also a post-graduate entrance exam but specifically made for law school. The LSAT is the only way that you can be admitted to a law school and pursue a degree in it.
The LSAT has three sections and lasts for three and a half hours. The score for the LSAT ranges from 120 to 180, and most top law schools prefer scores over 170.
The Differences and Similarities of the GMAT and LSAT
The GMAT includes problem-solving, decision-making, and analytical questions. It tests skills which you will need during your MBA. On the other hand, the LSAT will test you more on reasoning, logic, reading, and writing – great skills needed for future lawyers!
Both the GMAT and the LSAT have a section on reading comprehension that has more or less similar types of questions. Reading Comprehension is the most basic section for all standardized tests. On top of that, both have analytical and writing sections. The writing section is a single essay in both of the exams that require the test taker to write on a certain topic. The other sections of both tests differ.
As mentioned before, the GMAT is more heavily based on analytical and problem-solving questions, meaning that it also contains a lot of math in its questions. The LSAT, on the other hand, does not include any math. The exam mainly tests the test-takers’ reasoning and verbal skills. However, LSAT does have a section called “Analytical Reasoning” which may feel like math because it is based on logic. The LSAT has a verbal section called “Logical Reasoning Questions” which is similar to GMAT’s “Critical Reasoning” section. The latter is seemingly more difficult.
The differences in the sections are timing and demand. The LSAT is said to have more arguments that specifically want to test your ability. The GMAT, on the other hand, adapts to your performance during the exam and continues the questionnaire that way. The GMAT is more focused on testing quantitative and qualitative skills which are essential for effective functioning in the business world. In comparison, the LSAT has more reading and writing sections since law school is a heavily qualitative field which requires extensive reading and interpreting.
In conclusion, you should first try to understand which degree sounds more suitable and enjoyable to you so that you go into it wholeheartedly. Other than that, it is helpful to know that both the GMAT and the LSAT have similarities in their sections and both of them are post-graduate entrance exams that are a requirement to get into any business or law school.
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