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What is the difference between CAT and GMAT?

Updated: Mar 31, 2023


The Data Interpretation section of the CAT exam is quite challenging and accounts for a considerable portion of the final score. In GMAT, however, there is a separate Data Interpretation component (called Integrated Reasoning), and its score is not included in the overall score of 800 but is awarded separately. As a result, the section is less important in GMAT than in the CAT.

The verbal section of the GMAT contains critical reasoning problems. These kinds of issues necessitate quick and sensible decision-making. The CAT has some of these problems, although they are not as tricky as the GMAT.


The three types of problems in the GMAT verbal section are Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and Sentence Correction. On the other hand, the CAT includes questions on vocabulary, jumbled sentences, and different themes.

The GMAT's Analytical Writing Assessment includes its own section. This component, which is scored on a scale of 1 to 6, demands the student to critically analyse a specific situation.

The GMAT has an adaptive pattern, which means that if you answer correctly, the next question will be more complicated, while if you answer incorrectly, the next question will be more straightforward.


The adaptive pattern in the GMAT prevents you from changing your answers. You won't be able to see the answers to the other questions either. However, you can do so in CAT.

On the GMAT, you must attempt all of the questions. You will be heavily penalised if you miss even one question. You can, however, choose to leave the questions you don't know blank on the CAT.


Moreover, the general differences are mentioned below:



"Written By: Aishwarya Neeraj"



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