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This post was updated on 5/17/2018 with help and content from Mike McGarry . Thank you for providing your scores in the comments! It helps us keep this chart up to date and useful for all our readers. 🙂 If you notice some changes that need to be made, please leave us a comment.
Before we get started with GMAT score calculations, let’s take a quick look at GMAT scoring and how it works. The “total” GMAT score report combines your Quantitative and Verbal scores, but doesn’t take any other parts of the test into account. Remember this key fact as we take a closer look at GMAT scoring, because you’re going to see a lot of different score types! After you take the exam, your GMAT Score Report will have the following components:
- Your Quantitative Score (0 – 60), with percentile
- Your Verbal Score (0 – 60), with percentile
- Your Total GMAT Score (200 – 800), with percentile
- AWA Score (half-integers from 0 to 6), with percentile
- Integrated Reasoning score (integer from 1 to 8)
As soon as you finish your GMAT in the test center, you will get almost the entire GMAT score report right away—everything except your AWA score, because that requires a human grader to review it. The total GMAT score report arrives about 20 days later, finally including your AWA score.
That’s official GMAT scoring. But what should you do if you’re taking a practice test at home? How can you calculate your GMAT score ? Our GMAT score calculator is here to help! Choose an option from the navigation bar below, or keep scrolling down to review all information regarding GMAT scores.
- How Our GMAT Score Calculator Works
- GMAT Score Calculator Charts
- How do I read this GMAT score calculator?
- How accurate is this GMAT score calculator?
- What is a percentile?
- What will my official GMAT score report look like?
- How does my GMAT score factor into admissions?
- What’s a good GMAT score?
- Should I retake the GMAT?
How Our GMAT Score Calculator Works
To understand how to use the GMAT score calculator charts below, you’ll need to remember that only Quant and Verbal scores contribute your overall 200-800 GMAT score; IR and AWA receive completely separate scores. Our GMAT score calculator charts help you convert section scores into scaled section scores and whole-test GMAT scores.
All scores are reported to B-schools, but at the moment, it seems the overall GMAT score is considerably more important in admissions than any of the other scores. The AWA & IR scores seem to count for considerably less at the current time, but that doesn’t mean you can ignore either. It probably makes no difference whether you get the highest value or a point or two below the highest value in either of these two, but if you flub either one, admissions might see that as a red flag.
Note that our first chart, which focuses entirely on Quant section scores, the conversion from number of correct answers to scaled score is very much a rough estimate. Because the GMAT has computer-adaptive difficulty, on the real test, your score depends both on the number of correct answers you give, and on the difficulty of the questions you get, based on how the testing computer adapts to your performance. Our Quant table is most applicable to test-takers with average performance. Your own scores may vary on official GMATPrep practice tests, or on the real exam.
the second and third charts should be more self explanatory. They show you how your Quant and Verbal scores combine to create the whole-test score, while also giving a detailed breakdown of Quant and Verbal percentiles.
And Now… The Actual GMAT Score Calculator Charts!
Some of our students have been wondering how their quant and verbal scores get translated to a score on a scale of 800. Please note that these are scaled scores, not just the percentage correct or number of answers correct. Our reader “Ajay G in Toronto” sent in this handy conversion chart:
GMAT Quant: Number of Correct Answers, Scaled Scores, and Percentiles
Here’s the chart mapping scaled Quant and Verbal scores to the 800-point scale:
How do I read this GMAT score calculator?
Potential quantitative scores go up and down from 30 to 51 with the percentile that score relates to directly to the right. Verbal scores go left and right from 25 to 51 with the percentile right below it. Take your raw quantitative and verbal scores and look up the 800-scale score that corresponds to them. For example, scaled scores of 51 on quantitative and 42 on verbal corresponds to 750.
How accurate is this GMAT score calculator?
We’ve taken a look at our previous customers and have found that this table predicted with reasonable accuracy their 800-scale score; it’s not a perfect predictor, but it is a pretty good estimator. Remember, your score may vary depending on which GMAT (or GMAT practice test) you take.
What is a percentile?
The percentile associated with a particular score is the percent of the population whom you have outscored by getting that score. For example, a total GMAT score of 700 is about the 89th percentile. This means: if you score a 700 on your GMAT, you have done better than 89% of the folks who took the GMAT. (The scoring has been relatively consistent for years, so GMAC, the test maker, can say: it’s not just 89% of the folks who took the GMAT when you took it, but 89% of everyone who took the GMAT in the past three years.) Another way of saying that: scoring above 700 puts you in the top 10-11% of folks taking the GMAT.
A Verbal subscore of 40 would be in the 91st percentile, definitely in the top 10%. By contrast, a Quant subscore of 40 would be only the 41st percentile, not even in the top 50%! The two subscores are definitely not equivalent. This in part reflects a vast asymmetry in the GMAT test-taking pool: many more GMAT takers in an international market excel in math and struggle in verbal, so commanding performances in math are reasonably common, whereas commanding performances in verbal are less frequent.
What will my official GMAT score report look like?
The total GMAT score report sent to adcom will include all GMATs you have taken in the past five years, except the ones you have canceled. There is no trace of any cancellations on your score report (this last fact is new, a change from pre-2016 policy).
Your GMAT score report will also show your scores in each section, as well as the “total” score derived from your Quant and Verbal scores.
And there’s great news: you get everything except the essay results as soon as you walk out of the GMAT. When you leave the high-security Pearson testing room, they immediately hand you a printout of your results before you even can retrieve your stuff from the lockers. Then, about 20 days later, you will get the whole shebang, everything you already know plus the essay results, either electronically or by snail mail, whichever you chose.
How does my GMAT score factor into admissions?
It’s important to note that your GMAT score is just one factor used by admissions at business schools. Other factors that go into the admission process include your previous relevant work experience, undergraduate academic performance, and your essays.
What’s a good GMAT score?
We treat this topic in more detail in another blog . In brief, this is an impossible question to answer in general. In some sense, the answer is: a good GMAT score is a score sufficient to help you get into the Business School that is right for you. What makes a Business school “right” for you? A panoply of factors, including location, cost, requirements, the feel of the school, etc. For most top schools, getting a score that is at least in the mid-600s will help your chances of admission. That said, GMAT scores for MBA programs vary by school.
Obviously, the higher the score, the more options you will probably have. It may be that, to some extent, you can offset a lower college GPA with a stellar GMAT score report .
It is a fact that a solid GMAT test prep source , such as Magoosh, can raise your GMAT grade substantially. In fact, Magoosh has a 50-point score increase guarantee: if you have already taken an official GMAT once, then Magoosh guarantees that if you use the product extensively, your score will increase by at least a minimum of 50 points (many users see much larger increases). That’s extraordinary: such an increase can bring you from 650 (75th percentile = top 25%) to 700 (88th percentile = top 12%)!
By all means, strive to do the best you can do, and use the effective help of Magoosh or another source of similar quality. At the same time, it’s important to be realistic about your abilities and the time & energy you have to prepare. If your first GMAT score was a 460, then with concerned effort and the support of Magoosh, you will be able to get up into the 500s and maybe even the 600s, but it may be that a GMAT score in the high 700s is unrealistic for you, and that’s OK. Always strive for your personal best, but it’s hard to compete with everyone out there.
The goal of the GMAT is to get you into Business School, the goal of business school will be to get an MBA, and the goal of an MBA is to get into management positions in the business world. Many folks who are wildly successful in upper management in the business world had less than stellar GMATs and went to unrecognizable un-prestigious business schools. Conversely, some folks are brilliant test takers, and ace the GMAT, but then wind up not so successful in the rough and tumble of the business world.
A big part of success is being canny enough to know how to leverage your particular gifts to the greatest effect. Trust the unique combination of gifts and talents you bring, seek to learn the skills that will most complement and bring forth who you are, and learn to recognize the environments in which you can most effectively thrive. Do the best you can do on the GMAT, and trust that this will be good enough to lead you to where you need to be in the big picture.
Should I retake the GMAT?
We have a few thoughts on this in our article . Business school admission is a competitive process and in order to compete well with the pool of applicants you will be up against, scoring above 600 will help your chances.
For more resources, I would recommend reading these following sites:
- Graduate Management Admission Council
I’d love to hear what you think. Feel free to leave a comment below!
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The GMAT Score Explained: How are GMAT Scores Calculated?
By Dave Green
For most tests, it’s easy to evaluate your performance. Yet the GMAT has confused test takers for years with its quant and verbal score scales of 0-60 and total score range of 200-800.This blog explains how the scores are calculated, in order to shed some light on the process.
How the GMAT is scored
The GMAT is not a pass/fail test. For each of the four sections there is a separate scaled score and percentile rank. A combined Quantitative/Verbal score (called a Total score) is also given.
In total, you’ll get 5 different scores:
- The AWA (scored 0-6)
- Integrated Reasoning (1 – 8)
- Verbal and Quant (each has a scaled score from 0 – 60)
- Verbal and Quant (200 – 800). Verbal and Quantitative sections are each worth 800 points.
- The final score is an average of these two scores.
Your Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) Score
The AWA score is based on the Analysis of an Argument essay. The essay is independently scored twice, at least one of which by a human reader and then averaged. Scores for the AWA range from 0 to 6 (in half-point intervals).
If the two ratings differ by more than one point, an expert reader gives a third evaluation. Expert readers are trained college and university faculty members who look at the following:
- The quality of your ideas and your ability to organize, develop, and express them
- The supporting reasons and examples
- Your ability to control the elements of written English
The readers are sensitive and fair when marking the responses of those whose first language is not English.
As human readers do the grading for the AWA, students can’t see their AWA scores on the same day that they take the test. They receive a GMAT score report that includes their AWA score via regular mail around two weeks after they take their test.
Your Integrated Reasoning (IR) Score
IR scores range from 1 to 8.
For most Integrated Reasoning questions there is more than one response and you need to answer all responses to a question correctly.
As with the AWA, students can’t see their IR scores on the same day that they take the test. They receive a GMAT score report that includes their IR score via regular mail around two weeks after they take their test.
GMAT Score Percentiles – Distribution of GMAT scores across the population
Total GMAT scores range from 200 to 800.
Verbal and Quantitative scores range from 0 to 60. Because they measure different elements, they cannot be compared to each other. And although both the Verbal and Quant combine to give the total score, the average for each section is different, as you can see in the tables below.
2013 Verbal percentiles:
2015 Verbal percentiles:
2013 Quant percentiles:
2015 Quant percentiles:
2013 total GMAT score percentiles:
2015 total GMAT score percentiles:
Which factors influence the scores?
Scores are based on 3 main factors:
- The number of questions answered correctly
- The number of questions answered within the time given per section:Every section of the test needs to be completed. For quant, it’s 37 questions in 75 minutes, and for verbal, it’s 41 questions in 75 minutes. This means you have around two minutes per quant question and even less time for each verbal question. It’s a really fast pace, and therefore time management is key. There is no penalty for incorrect answers, but there is a penalty if a test taker does not complete a section of the test. If you run out of time, it’s best to guess an incorrect answer than leave an incomplete section.
- The degree of difficulty of the questions at the beginning of each section, the GMAT gives a question of medium difficulty. If the question is answered correctly, the next question will be harder and the score will go up. If the question is answered wrong, the next question will be easier, and the score will go down.
Myths About the Scores
“The first 10 questions count more towards your score, and you should spend more time on them.”
Fact: All questions carry the same weight and help you in getting a good score. One should not take the initial questions lightly as the algorithm finds your real ability by around question 20. However, it evaluates your whole question profile.
“I only need to study the hardest questions.”
Fact: It is best to study those questions that are only slightly above your current level. Missing easy questions harms your score more than getting difficult questions right helps your score.
For more myths, see Dispelling the Top 10 Myths About the GMAT
What else you need to know about the GMAT score?
The real value of a GMAT score is its percentile ranking. This shows the percentage of test-takers who scored at or below a certain score: the higher the percentile ranking, the more competitive the score.
What’s a Good GMAT Score?
A good score is over 600 (around the 70th percentile) and an excellent score is 700+ (90th percentile). The average scores for students admitted to the 50 top ranking MBA programs is around 660 and you can find this kind of information for a particular school on their admissions page. However, your score is just one data point used in making a decision.
Getting Your Results
Upon completing the GMAT, test-takers need to decide whether or not to keep their scores. Unofficial scores from the Verbal, Quantitative, and Integrated Reasoning sections of the GMAT exam, along with the Total score, are available immediately after you complete the test.
Those who choose to keep their scores can view the total scaled score along with the separate Verbal and Quantitative scaled scores.
GMAT scores are valid for five years, but some business schools might ask for a recent score.
Your GMAT Score Report
Online receipt: Within 20 calendar days of testing, you will receive an email with instructions to access your Official Score Report online. You may view, download, or print your report.
Mail receipt: Around 20 calendar days after testing, you will receive your Official Score Report. Your scores will be available to the programs that you selected to receive your scores.
In addition to your GMAT scores, your Official Score Report includes:
- Digital photograph taken at the test center
- Self-reported background information
- Percentile rank
Compare Your Scores with a Previous Version of the GMAT Exam
If you have taken the previous version of the GMAT exam, your Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA), Quantitative, Verbal, and Total scores are directly comparable to the current exam.
Enhanced Score Report
For more information on your performance and a complete overview of how you did on your exam, get your Enhanced Score Report (ESR). It gives you a detailed analysis of your performance—by question type, areas for focus, and pacing—enabling you to fine-tune your preparation and do even better next time around.
For more information about GMAT preparation , see The Top 5 Things You Need to Know Before Taking the GMAT
GMAT score chart – Estimation of final score based on Verbal & Quant scores
GMAT Score Cancellation Policy
Once you finished your test you’ll see your score on the computer screen. You’ll have the chance to cancel it right away for free. If you decide to not cancel it at this point you’ll have a 72 hours window to cancel it online, but this time for a fee of $25.
Cancelled GMAT scores won’t be listed on the report sent to the schools you asked the report will be sent to.
Once you cancel you can reinstate your score at a later date, again for a fee.
GMAT score expiration
The GMAT score officially expires exactly 5 years from the date in which you took the test.
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