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GMAT Score Percentiles

This post has been updated to include the most recent GMAT score percentiles, as published by GMAC on July 1, 2014!

There’s a lot to take in when assessing your GMAT scores. First off, you’ve got a raw score in both in the Verbal and Quantitative sections. Those are scored on a scale of 0 to 51 and 0 to 60 respectively. Then there’s the ever confusing Integrated Reasoning score, which is on a scale of 1 to 8. Then, you’ve got an Analytical Writing score on a scale of 0 to 6. And, if you’re still with me, there’s the Total Score, coming out of left field on a scale of 200 to 800. Okay, the 200 to 800 score range is a pretty common one in standardized testing. Still, it’s hard to keep your brain from seeping out your ears when trying get a handle of your score report.

The good news is what really matters to admissions committees is where you stand in the field, that is your percentile ranks. That just means how you stack up against other test takers, which is pretty useful for admissions committees. Knowing the percentiles lets them know if you’ve merely achieved an average GMAT score, or if you’ve shot through the roof with your scores. GMAC produces this information on GMAT score percentiles (in fact, they just updated it on July 1, 2014), and for your convenience, I’ve reproduced it below.

Total Score Percentiles

Percentile Score   Percentile Score
99% 760-800   36% 520
98% 750   34% 510
97% 740   31% 500
96% 730   29% 490
94% 720   27% 480
92% 710   25% 470
89% 700   22% 460
87% 690   20% 450
84% 680   18% 440
83% 670   16% 430
80% 660   15% 420
77% 650   13% 410
72% 640   12% 400
71% 630   11% 390
67% 620   10% 380
64% 610   9% 370
61% 600   8% 360
58% 590   6% 340-350
54% 580   5% 330
51% 570   4% 310-320
48% 560   3% 280-300
45% 550   2% 250-270
42% 540   1% 220-240
38% 530   0% 200-210

 

Raw Score Percentiles

Quant   Verbal
Percentile Raw Score   Percentile Raw Score
97% 51-60   99% 45-51
88% 50   98% 44
79% 49   96% 42
74% 48   94% 41
68% 47   91% 40
66% 46   89% 39
63% 45   85% 38
58% 44   83% 37
56% 43   81% 36
51% 42   76% 35
49% 41   71% 34
47% 40   69% 33
43% 39   66% 32
41% 38   61% 31
40% 37   58% 30
36% 36   56% 29
33% 35   51% 28
31% 34   46% 27
30% 33   43% 26
27% 32   38% 25
24% 31   36% 24
22% 30   32% 23
20% 29   30% 22
19% 28   26% 21
16% 27   22% 20
15% 26   19% 19
13% 25   17% 18
12% 24   15% 17
11% 23   12% 16
9% 22   10% 15
8% 20-21   9% 14
7% 19   7% 13
6% 18   5% 12
5% 17   4% 11
4% 14-16   3% 10
3% 13   2% 9
2% 10-12   1% 7-8
1% 7-9   0% 0-6
0% 0-6    

 

AWA and Integrated Reasoning Percentiles

AWA     IR  
Percentile Score   Percentile Score
92% 6   92% 8
81% 5.5   81% 7
60% 5   67% 6
44% 4.5   52% 5
21% 4   37% 4
13% 3.5   25% 3
6% 3   12% 2
5% 2.5   0% 1
3% 0.5-2.0      
0% 0    

 

There you have it! Of course, you’ll have to do research on your program to make your own determinations about what is a good GMAT score. :)

 

About the Author

Chris Swimmer is an analyst at Magoosh who divides his time between marketing and research projects and helping folks out with their math hang ups while studying for the GRE and the GMAT. Follow him on Google+! And you can follow him @chrisrswimmer on Twitter.

2 Responses to GMAT Score Percentiles

  1. Eric July 1, 2014 at 12:40 pm #

    I took the GMAT today – the percentiles must have just changed – 49Q was a 79th, 41V was a 94th

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig July 2, 2014 at 11:16 am #

      Hi Eric,

      Thanks for letting us know! We’ll do some research and then update this post.

      Congrats on your great verbal score, by the way. :)

      Cheers,
      Rita


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