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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 (by Reimer at dhead fashion). 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

 

Scaled Score Percentiles

Quant   Verbal
Percentile Scaled Score   Percentile Scaled 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. :)

 

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10 Responses to GMAT Score Percentiles

  1. Sarah March 24, 2015 at 2:15 pm #

    I am confused about the whole percentile thing. If I am at a 81 percentile what does that say about me.

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig March 24, 2015 at 4:25 pm #

      Hi Sarah,

      If your score puts in you the 81st percentile, that means that you scored better than 81% of test-takers, or that only 19% of test-takers scored higher than you on the GMAT. You’re in the top 25% of test-takers, which is very good. You can see which b-schools accept students within this range by checking out this infographic.

      I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any follow-up questions. :)

      Best,
      Rita

  2. well wisher January 22, 2015 at 11:33 am #

    As of late last year, V37 is 82 percentile.

    • Rachel Wisuri
      Rachel January 23, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

      Hi there!

      Thanks for letting us know. :) We’re in the process of updating this post!

  3. Herpal Pabla September 29, 2014 at 1:37 pm #

    Greetings,

    I have a quick question. For each of the Quant and Verbal percentiles. Whichever raw score they entail, do we add them to get our total score? I am not sure if I understand the grading correctly. Hope to hear from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    Herpal Pabla

    • Kevin Rocci
      Kevin September 29, 2014 at 3:58 pm #

      Great question, Herpal!

      Unfortunately it is not a simple answer. The GMAT is scored using an equating system. Your total score and your score in a each section is calculated based on how many questions you answer correctly, how many you miss, how many you leave blank, and the difficulty level of all those questions. Ultimately, only the people who write the GMAT know how this happens. Everyone else tries to make educated guesses about how to calculate a total score or a scaled score. So there is no easy way to say that if you get 35 questions correct in the Verbal section, you will end up with a certain total score or scaled score. I wish I could be of more help, but this is a tough question to answer.

      Best of luck and happy studying! :D

  4. 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

      • Ari K September 24, 2014 at 12:27 pm #

        Took it today. 40V/91st, 42Q/51st, 670/83d

        • Rita Kreig
          Rita Kreig September 24, 2014 at 1:31 pm #

          Hey Ari,

          Thanks for sharing your scores! It looks like they’re still using the score percentile rankings from July 2014, which is very good for us to know. :)

          Congrats on that amazing verbal score! I hope you’re relieved that the test is over. Have fun celebrating!

          Cheers,
          Rita


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