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Understanding GMAT Score Reports

When you take the GMAT, often at the test center itself you will get some of your score as soon as you are done with your test.  You can choose to receive the full score report electronically or via snail mail.  The electronic version will arrive by email within 20 calendar days.  The hard-copy report will be snail mailed within 20 calendar days, but given the vagaries of snail mail, may or may not arrive in your snail mail box within 20 calendar days.

You can take the GMAT more than once.  You score report will include all GMATs you have taken in the past five years.

What is in the Full GMAT Score Report?

The GMAT Score Report has the following components

1) Your Quantitative Score (0 – 60), with percentile

2) Your Verbal Score (0 – 60), with percentile

3) Your Total GMAT Score (200 – 800), with percentile

4) AWA Score (half-integers from 0 to 6), with percentile

5) As of June 5, 2012, Integrated Reasoning score (integer from 1 to 8)

Item #3, the “Total” score combines your Quantitative and Verbal scores, but doesn’t take any other parts into account.

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 90th percentile.  This means: if you score a 700 on your GMAT, you have done better than 90% of the folks who took the GMAT.  (The scoring has been consistent for years, so GMAC can say: it’s not just 90% of the folks who took the GMAT when you took it, but 90% 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% of folks taking the GMAT.

What is a “good” GMAT score?

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.

Obviously, the higher the score, the more options you will probably have, and it may be that, to some extent, you can offset a lower college GPA with a high GMAT score.

It is a fact that a solid test prep source, like Magoosh, can raise your GMAT grade substantially.  In fact, Magoosh has a 50 score increase guarantee (http://gmat.magoosh.com/score-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: that can bring you from 650 (79th percent = top 21%) to 700 (90th percentile = top 10%)!

Mike McGarry is a Content Developer for Magoosh with over 20 years of teaching experience and a BS in Physics and an MA in Religion, both from Harvard. He enjoys hitting foosballs into orbit, and despite having no obvious cranial deficiency, he insists on rooting for the NY Mets.

6 Responses to Understanding GMAT Score Reports

1. Faruk July 3, 2012 at 10:37 am #

My first score was 460 (V17 ,Q38 AWA 4)…Is it possible for me to score 650-680?I have two months in my hand…Please suggest ..Thanks

• Mike July 3, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

Faruk: Whether that is possible depends on (a) your background; (b) how fast you learn; (c) how much time you will be able to work *each day* over the next two months. I strongly suggest getting a full Magoosh account, which will help you immensely, and I strongly suggest seeing our study plans on the sidebar of this page (you could tailor a three-month plan down to fit the time you have). I hope that helps.
Mike

• Faruk July 3, 2012 at 11:08 pm #

Thanks a lot Mike..If I subscribe only with the verbal section,will that help?I think I will able to do well in Quant by myself..but really frustrated with my verbal score..

• Mike July 4, 2012 at 9:35 am #

Faruk: it does sound like you are much stronger in Quant, but I think I would recommend signing up for everything. The reasons are (a) the cost difference between Verbal only vs. the whole schmiel is minimal, and (b) you are already good in Quantitative, but if Magoosh gives you the ability to move, say, just 3 points further, that additional edge will move your overall GMAT score that much higher. Yes, the biggest gains will definitely be in Verbal, but don’t underestimate the additional advantage that might come from even a small increase in Math. We want to move your whole GMAT score forward as far as possible. Does that make sense?
Mike

• Faruk July 4, 2012 at 9:58 am #

ya Mike you are right..Will I able to complete the course within two months?I have a deadline coming up for the Jan session so can’t take more than two months..I am currently off of job for the GMAT preparation..So I can devote a large amount of time( If you say I can promise 10 hours a day).What do you think ? Will I able to cross atleast the 600 barrier within this time period?

• Mike July 4, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

Faruk: With 10 hr/day, you easily will be able to complete the 3 month plan in two months. As for whether you break 600 — so much depends on you, on how you learn and so forth, but I would say, 10 hr/day with Magoosh for two months — that sounds like a *very* promising plan for breaking 600. Keep up the commitment, work hard every day, and it will pay off.
Mike

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