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What is a good score in the GMAT exam

02 February, 2024 By Artika Shah, IMS

The quantitative and verbal sections are scored from 0 to 60 after converting raw scores to scaled scores.The GMAT is regarded as a strong indicator of an aspirant’s chances of success at business schools.The GMAT is regarded as a strong indicator of an aspirant’s chances of success at business schools.After taking their GMAT exam, every candidate wonders whether they will qualify for admission. However, there is no clear-cut answer to that question. Scores in the GMAT exam are based on your academic history as well as your achievements.

How does the GMAT test scoring work?

Verbal and quantitative scores make up the total GMAT score of each candidate, which ranges from 200 to 800. The quantitative and verbal sections are scored from 0 to 60 after converting raw scores to scaled scores. Each section of the GMAT exam has its score, including integrated reasoning, essay, quant, and verbal. A total score is calculated by combining the verbal and quantitative sections. Most business schools focus on a candidate’s total score, followed by verbal and quantitative scores, and then integrated reasoning scores.

Here’s how the GMAT score is calculated:

  1. Total score: Scoring ranges from 200-800 in increments of 10 points. This is calculated based on the math and verbal sections.
  2. Quantitative score: The quantitative score ranges from 0-60 and is reported in increments of 1 point. The score is calculated based on the number of questions you answered correctly, the levels of difficulty for the questions you answered correctly, and the number of questions you answered correctly.
  3. Verbal score: Verbal scores range from 0-60 and are reported in 1-point increments. Scores are calculated based on correct answers, difficulty levels, and number of questions answered correctly.
  4. Integrated Reasoning: Scores for integrated reasoning range from 1 to 8 and are reported in increments of one point each. A score is determined by the number of questions that are answered correctly.
  5. Analytical Writing Assessment: The analytical writing assessment score ranges from 0 to 6 and is reported in half-point increments. Two readers are responsible for assigning the average score.

GMAT Exam score significance & difference between GRE and GMAT

The GMAT is regarded as a strong indicator of an aspirant’s chances of success at business schools.

Here are several factors to keep in mind when evaluating GMAT exam scores: 

  1. MBA applications require a GMAT test score and undergraduate grade point average. A strong GMAT test score can somewhat compensate for a relatively low GPA.
  2. High GMAT test scores do not typically make up for significant weaknesses in a business school application, but they may give your application an edge.
  3. When applying to a less competitive business school, a high GMAT test score may cover weaknesses or make a so-so application more engaging to admissions officers.
  4. GMAT test scores are important for getting scholarships and jobs.
  5. The GMAT test score remains important, even if some business schools have opted not to require it. An aspirant with a high GMAT test score may have a stronger application.
  6. High GMAT test scores also indicate that the candidate is capable of handling the program and will perform well, increasing the ranking of the school.

GMAT Percentile

A percentile ranking is also included in the GMAT exam score. Test takers who performed better than you are represented by this number.. In the GMAT exam, scores range from 200 to 800 and each score corresponds to a GMAT percentile, as do scores for Verbal, Quantitative, IR, and AWA. Each sub-section will be assigned a percentile based on your score.

Obtaining a good GMAT test score can help a candidate reach their academic goals, whether that is admission into a specific MBA program or receiving a merit scholarship at the desired institution. You can contact IMS for more information about the GMAT & GRE exam.