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​GMAT Scoring

Your GMAT score is a significant indicator for admissions professionals when determining whether you will have academic success at their college or university. This means that scoring well on the GMAT is important, as is the preparation that comes along with it.

 

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After taking the GMAT exam, you will receive five scores: Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, Verbal, and Total. Each score is reported on a fixed scale and will appear on the Official GMAT Score Report that you and your selected graduate programs will receive. You also will receive a percentile rank based on the scores of the GMAT testing population for the past three years.

How is your score used?

The GMAT exam is a reliable measurement of the skills shown to help students succeed in today’s graduate management programs. GMAT scores provide graduate schools a consistent evaluation tool when considering applicants for their programs. The GMAT exam also has shown to be a good predictor of academic success in the first year of study for graduate students.

The test alone does not measure all the characteristics related to success in graduate school. Admission committees also consider an applicant’s undergraduate record and other information obtained from applications, interviews, and letters of recommendation. Each school evaluates the scores in its own way; there are no passing or failing GMAT scores. Your GMAT performance can be related by a school to that of the original 1954 scales, the total testing population for the past three (3) years, or others applying to the same school (local norms).

Understanding Your Scores

Verbal

  • Score Range: 0-60
  • Scores are not typically below 9 or above 44

Quantitative

  • Score Range: 0-60
  • Scores are not typically below 7 or above 50.

Total Score

  • Score Range: 200-800
  • Two-thirds of test takers score between 400 and 600
  • If you do not complete the exam in the allotted time, you will still receive a score that is based on the number of questions you answered. However, your score will decrease significantly with each unanswered question.

Analytical Writing

  • Score Range: 0-6 in half-point intervals
  • Essays are scored independently twice, then averaged
  • Scores are based on:
    • The quality of your ideas
    • Your ability to organize, develop, and express those ideas
    • The relevant supporting reasons and examples used
    • Your ability to control the elements of standard written English
  • The Analytical Writing score has no effect on the Total Score

Integrative Reasoning

  • Score Range: 1-8 in single digit intervals.
  • The Integrative Reasoning score has no effect on the Total Score
  • The questions are designed to test your ability to integrate data to solve complex problems, so all responses to a question must be answered correctly to receive credit.

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