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GMAT Scores

GMAT ScoresAchieving a high score on your GMAT is critical to getting into the business program of your choice.  It is important for you to understand how your GMAT scores are calculated, how they are used, and how you compare to other test takers. The GMAT Test has five scores associated with it.  There is a total score, and individual integrated reasoning, verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing scores.  The GMAT total score ranges from 200 to 800.  The individual verbal and quantitative scores range from 0 to 60.  The Integrated Reasoning score ranges from 1 to 8 in 1 point intervals. The GMAT Analytical Writing section is scored on a 0-6 scale with half-point increments.  The analytical writing scores are completely separate from the other scores, and do not count in the total score.

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The Verbal and Quantitative portions of the GMAT Test are administered in a “computer-adaptive testing” (CAT) format.  The CAT format adapts the difficulty of the questions based on how you answer previous questions.  A middle difficulty question is given first, and then more difficult questions are given if the first question is answered correctly, or easier questions are given if the first question is missed.  With the CAT approach, you are not allowed to go back and change answers to previous questions, and you must answer each question to proceed. The intent of the CAT approach is to adapt the questions based on the user’s aptitude.  The scores for the verbal and quantitative sections are based on: the number of questions answered, whether questions were answered correctly, and the difficulty of the questions answered.  Scores for the Verbal and Quantitative sections range from 0 to 60 in intervals of 1.

The Integrated Reasoning section is not given in a computer-adaptive format.  Students are all given 12 question sets and scores are based on the number of questions correctly answered.  If a question set has multiple parts, then all parts of the question must be answered correctly for credit to be given.  Integrated Reasoning scores range from 1 to 8 in intervals of 1.

The Analytical Writing Assessment essay is scored on a range of 0.0 to 6.0 in intervals of 0.5.  The essay is scored a minimum of two times - by both a computer and a human.  These scores are averaged to produce one score.

GMAT Total scores range from 200 to 800 in ten point intervals.  Approximately two thirds of test takers score between 400 and 600. 

GMAT Total scores are based only on Verbal and Quantitative scores.  Integrated Reasoning and Analytical Reasoning scores do not affect the GMAT Total score.

Cancelling your GMAT ScoresCancelling your GMAT Scores

Immediately after taking your GMAT exam, you will have the option of cancelling your GMAT scores.  If you elect to cancel your scores, you will not be able to view them.  You cannot partially cancel your scores – you cancel everything.  If you choose to cancel your GMAT scores, they can not be reinstated.  Additionally, your future GMAT score reports will indicate that you have previously cancelled a score.

Interpreting your GMAT ScoresInterpreting your GMAT Scores

The best way to understand your GMAT Scores is by comparing them to other students and seeing what your preferred colleges require. The table below lists your percentile compared to other students.  For example, if you scored a 33 on your GMAT Verbal score, this implies that your percentile score is 66 (i.e., you scored better than 66% of the other students who took the GMAT Test). The average (mean) GMAT Scores were 27.3 for Verbal, 37.5 for Quantitative, 545.6 for GMAT Total, 4.3 for Analytical Writing and 4.34 for Integrated Reasoning.

GMAT Score Percentiles

GMAT Total Score

Percentile

GMAT Verbal

Percentile

GMAT Quantitative

Percentile

800 99 46-51 99 51-60 97
790 99 45 99 50 89
780 99 44 98 49 81
770 99 43 97 48 76
760 99 42 96 47 70
750 98 41 93 46 68
740 97 40 90 45 66
730 96 39 88 44 61
720 94 38 84 43 58
710 92 37 82 42 54
700 89 36 80 41 52
690 87 35 75 40 50
680 85 34 70 39 46
670 83 33 68 38 44
660 80 32 65 37 42
650 77 31 60 36 38
640 73 30 57 35 35
630 71 29 55 34 33
620 68 28 50 33 31
610 65 27 45 32 28
600 62 26 42 31 25
590 58 25 37 30 24
580 55 24 35 29 22
570 52 23 31 28 19
560 49 22 29 27 17
550 46 21 25 26 16
540 43 20 21 25 13
530 39 19 18 24 12
520 37 18 17 23 11
510 35 17 14 22 9
500 32 16 11 21 9
490 30 15 9 20 8
480 27 14 8 19 7
470 25 13 7 18 6
460 22 12 4 17 5
450 20 11 3 16 4
440 18 10 2 15 4
430 17 9 2 14 4
420 15 8 1 13 3
410 14 7 1 12 2
400 12 <7 0 11 2
390 11 10 2
380 10 9 1
370 9 8 1
360 8 7 1
350 6 <7 0
340 6
330 5
320 4
310 4
300 3
290 3
280 3
270 2
260 2
250 2
240 1
230 1
220 1


GMAT Analytical Writing Percentiles

GMAT Analytical Writing Score Percentile
6 91
5.5 80
5 60
4.5 43
4 21
3.5 12
3 6
2.5 4
0.5 - 2 3
0 0

GMAT Integrated Reasoning Percentiles

Integrated Reasoning Score Percentile
8 93
7 82
6 67
5 52
4 37
3 23
2 12
1 0

Source: MBA.com

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