What is the difference between the GMAT and SAT?
Both are standardized tests. SAT is for college admission and GMAT is for business school admission (MBA). Both exams are multiple choice and have a math/quant section and a verbal/writing section.
But there are significant differences:
The SAT was quite well known in high school Remember wayback in high school when everybody freaked out about the SAT? Guidance counselors would remind you every other day and teachers would constantly bring it up. There was much more AWARENESS about the exam.
The GMAT, on the other hand, requires much more self initative. Your employer will not ask you “you need to get your act together and study for the GMAT”–like your guidance counselor would do. Your friends probably won’t remind you either, because not all of them will be taking the exam around the same time you will be taking the exam. Instead of competing against every other high school kid around the age of 16 or 17, you will be competing against working professionals roughly in the age range of 21-40 who are a self-selected group of ambitious and goal-oriented individuals. No slackers will take the GMAT whereas there are plenty of slackers who take the SAT “just because” the school makes them.
The GMAT exam is much more competitive than the SAT exam and often has less awareness. This is more the reason to make sure that you ARE prepared.