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When it comes to admission in B-school or management courses, GMAT is the first step to it. The score one bags in the GMAT exam plays a pivotal role during the admission process. Top colleges set cut off marks as criteria to get admission in their courses. For example, the highest cut off criteria marks in 2016 was set by Harvard and Stanford university at 725 and 733 respectively, out of 800.

The GMAT exam is marked on a scale of 200-800. As confirmed by Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), two third of all GMAT applicants score in the range between 400-600.

The chart below explains the scoring pattern of GMAT exam, with corresponding percentile value for each band score:

Band Score 760-800 750 740 730 720 710 700 690 680 670 660 650 640 630 620 610 600 590
Percentile Value 99 98 97 96 94 91 89 86 84 82 79 76 71 69 66 62 59 56
Band Score 580 570 560 550 540 530 520 510 500 490 480 470 460 450 440 430 420 410
Percentile Value 52 49 46 43 40 36 34 32 30 27 25 23 20 19 17 15 14 13
Band Score 400 390 380 370 360 340-350 330 310-320 280-300 250-270 220-240 200-210
Percentile Value 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0


An official GMAT score card includes the following -

  • Verbal Section Score   (0 to 60)
  • Quantitative Section Score   (0 to 60)
  • Total Score   (200 to 800)
  • Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) Score   ( 0 to 6)
  • Integrated Reasoning Score   (1 to 8)
  • Digital photograph of examinee taken at the GMAT test center
  • Self-reported background details like telephone number, undergraduate institution, grade point average (GPA), and next graduate study plan
  • Percentile rank

In GMAT exam, the total band score is a combination of verbal and quantitative scaled scores. The AWA and the Integrated Reasoning sections are marked separately.

Scoring in Verbal and Quantitative section

The score of a GMAT examinee in the verbal and quantitative section depends on three parameters -
a)  The number of questions answered within stipulated time limit
b)  The total number of right answers
c)  Considering the statistical characteristics (difficult or easy) of the questions answered.

Both the sections are scored on the basis of computerized marking.
The first question of GMAT verbal or quantitative section, is of mid range difficulty. If this is answered right by the examinee, the score board hits positive and the next question is little harder in nature. If the first question is answered incorrect, then the score goes down but the next question is easier in nature. So, as a student progresses from one question to another, the score board similarly recalculates.

The more an examinee answers a question, the greater it impacts the GMAT score of the candidate.
The verbal section of GMAT exam is marked on a scale of 0-60. The following table shows the probable score and their percentile value for verbal section.

Band Score 45-51 44 42-43 41 40 39 38 37 36 35 34 33 32 31 29 28 27
Percentile Value 99 98 96 94 91 89 85 83 81 76 72 69 67 62 57 52 47
Band Score 26 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 9 7-8 6
Percentile Value 44 40 37 33 31 27 23 20 15 13 10 9 7 4 3 2 1 0

The quantitative section of GMAT exam is marked on a scale of 0-60. The following table shows the probable score and their percentile value for quantitative section:

Band Score 51 50 49 48 47 46 45 44 43 42 41 40 39 38 36 35
Percentile Value 97 87 77 71 65 62 59 54 52 47 45 43 39 38 33 29
Band Score 32 31 30 27 26 25 24 23 21-22 20 16-17 13-15 10-12 7-8 6
Percentile Value 24 21 20 14 13 12 11 10 8 7 6 5 4 1 0

Scoring in Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA)

This section is marked on a scale of 0-6. Human examiners read and marks this portion of GMAT exam. Two human examiners mark the same passage. If their scores differ from one another, an average score is considered.

The following table shows the probable score and their percentile value for AWA section.

Band Score 6 5.5 5.0 4.5 4.0 3.5 3.0 2.5 1.0-2.0 0-0.5
Percentile Value 90 81 57 43 20 13 6 5 3 0

Scoring in Integrated Reasoning

This is not a computer adaptive segment and hence the marks are disclosed to GMAT examinees only in online score card. The section is marked on 0-8.

The following table shows the probable score and their percentile value for Integrated Reasoning section.

Band Score 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Percentile Value 92 82 69 54 40 27 13 0

GMAT Score Report

On the day of GMAT exam, examinees can get unofficial total score after completing the paper. This only reflects the Quantitative and Verbal score. Candidates get it right after completing the GMAT exam.

However, AWA and Integrated Reasoning is not disclosed on the test day but mentioned in the GMAT score report, delivered later.

Again on the test day, students can decide if they wish to check the approximate score board on the very day or get it altogether at the score board.

Within 20-days of taking the GMAT test, candidates receive official email with instructions on how to get the Official GMAT Score Report online. One can view, download, or print the GMAT score report.

Schools that you select will also receive your GMAT score in the same time schedule.

Noteworthy points about GMAT score:

a) For those who take up the GMAT test more than once, the Official Score Report contains all GMAT exams taken in the past five years. However, the GMAT Official Score Report that are sent to school includes only the scores accepted by the GMAT test taker. GMAT scores cancelled by the test taker are not included in the score card sent to MBA colleges and B-schools.

b)With an additional fee of $10, one can apply for extra copies of GMAT Official Score Report.

c) GMAT result is valid for total five years, and is available for reporting for up to 10 years. GMAT scores over 10 years old, are not available.

d) GMAT exam results can be cancelled online within 72 hours of taking the test.

e) One can reinstate GMAT score within 4years 11months of taking the test.

f) Scores of GMAT exams taken after January 2014 can only be reinstated.

g) On the GMAT test day, before starting the GMAT test, candidates can select up to five (5) academic programs that will receive their Official Score Report (post exam). To send GMAT score in more than the five (5) programs, you may order Additional Score Reports to be sent to schools online, by phone, by fax, or by mail for a fee.

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