GMAT Scores Percentile Chart & Information

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Learn about some percentile rankings and scoring info for the GMAT exam. You'll also find some helpful test prep material so that you'll be ready for exam day.

GMAT Scoring & Percentiles

The total score for the GMAT exam has a range of 200 to 800, with the majority of test takers getting somewhere between a 400 and 600. As of July 1, 2015, a score of 570 was in the 50th percentile, and scores between 760 and 800 were in the 99th percentile. Only the scores on the Verbal and Quantitative sections make up the total score.

Verbal & Quantitative Scores

The total range for both the Verbal and the Quantitative sections of the GMAT exam goes from 0 to 60. To give you an idea of how people generally perform, scores less than 9 or greater than 44 in the Verbal section occur very infrequently. The same can be said for Quantitative scores less than 7 or greater than 50.

Analytical Writing Scores

The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) will be reviewed by two different scorers. One of these reviewers may simply be a computer specifically programmed to analyze your writing skills and patterns. The two scores you receive will be averaged together; AWA scores start at 0 and go to 6 by half-point intervals. In case the scores vary by more than a full point, you will receive a third evaluation by an expert reader.

Integrated Reasoning Scores

Scores on the Integrated Reasoning (IR) section go from 1 to 8. Unlike AWA scores, these are only single-digit scores.

Getting Your Scores

Your unofficial results of the GMAT on all components but the AWA will be available immediately after you finish taking the exam. After roughly 20 days, your final scores will either be emailed to you, or sent by mail to your home.

GMAT Prep offers some helpful resources you can use to get a high score on the GMAT exam. The GMAT Prep: Help and Review course features chapters filled with engaging video lessons that are accompanied by practice quizzes. There are also chapter tests along with a final course exam.

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