Should You Take The GMAT Or LSAT?

Being admitted to a business school is no easy thing to do, as it requires an enormous amount of patience as well as brains. There are specific exams that can be accepted as an entrance exam for a business school. For example, the GMAT is the most popular exam to take when applying for business school but the GRE also is acceptable as a business school entrance exam. Having both these exams, one might wonder if the LSAT can also be eligible for a business school? Firstly, we need to break down the differences between the GMAT and LSAT, then answer the question of whether to take the LSAT or GMAT.


The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a post-graduate entrance exam for those who wish to do an MBA. Most of the best business schools require a high score on the GMAT. 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.


So, how can they both be an entrance exam for an MBA?

There are a few cases where the LSAT is eligible as a business entrance exam. There can be instances where you want to pursue a degree that combines both business and law, such as dual degrees offered at NYU. In this case, you can only take the LSAT and apply for the degree. Below is a non-exhaustive list of schools which accept LSAT or GMAT scores: 

Be sure to check with your program of choice when it comes to determining which standardized tests are accepted. 


How does this work?

Well, because it is a dual degree you can take either the LSAT or GMAT. This means that if you have any preferences you can choose between GMAT and LSAT. Let’s say you’re not the best in math, you may prefer to take the LSAT. The LSAT does not require very much math at all, whereas the GMAT is more specifically focused on skills required for business school including quantitative measures.  






5 multiple-choice sections. Includes reading comprehension (26-28 questions), analytical reasoning (24 questions) and logical thinking (24-26 questions). 

Multiple choice 

Includes 30-minute writing portion

4 sections including:

  • Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) (1 question)

  • Integrated Reasoning (12 questions)

  • Quantitative Reasoning (31 questions)

  • Verbal Reasoning (36 questions)


Scores range from 120-180

Scores range from 200-800


3 hours 25 minutes. 15 minute break included between 4th and 5th section.

Around 3 and a half hours




Years Valid

Five testing years

5 testing years

Degrees Pursuable

Law degree and other related degrees (ie. JD). Some schools accept LSAT scores in replacement of GRE/GMAT scores. 

MBA and other business related fields. Some Masters programs unrelated to the field of business accept the GMAT in replacement of the GRE.

Maximum number of times you can take the exam

Up to three times in a given year

8 lifetime limits

Long Story Short

Taking the LSAT instead of the GMAT when applying for a dual degree that combines law and business is somewhat easier, cost-efficient, and finally requires less math! If you believe that the degree you’re applying for accepts LSAT as an exam, you can go ahead and start preparing. Taking the LSAT is not as easy as you think, just because there is no math involved doesn’t mean it makes it less complicated. You can check out how those who score 165+ do it and get some inspiration from it!

Contributor: Sarin Sulahian

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