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GMAT Score Percentiles

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, and for your convenience, I’ve reproduced it below.

Total Score Percentiles

Overall Score
Score Percentile
760-800 99%
750 98%
740 97%
730 96%
720 94%
710 92%
700 90%
690 87%
680 85%
670 84%
660 81%
650 78%
640 73%
630 72%
620 69%
610 66%
600 62%
590 59%
580 56%
570 53%
560 50%
550 47%
540 44%
530 40%
Overall Score
Score Percentile
520 38%
510 35%
500 33%
490 30%
480 28%
470 26%
460 23%
450 21%
440 19%
430 17%
420 15%
410 14%
400 12%
390 11%
380 10%
370 9%
360 8%
340-350 6%
330 5%
320 4%
280-310 3%
260-270 2%
220-250 1%
200-210 0%
 

Raw Score Percentiles

Quant Score
Raw Score Percentile
51-60 96%
50 90%
49 83%
48 78%
47 73%
46 71%
45 68%
44 63%
43 61%
42 57%
41 54%
40 52%
39 48%
38 46%
37 44%
36 40%
35 36%
34 35%
33 33%
32 30%
31 26%
30 25%
29 22%
28 20%
27 18%
26 16%
25 14%
24 13%
23 12%
22 10%
21 9%
20 8%
19 7%
18 6%
17 5%
14-16 4%
13 3%
10-12 2%
7-9 1%
0-6 0%
Verbal Score
Raw Score Percentile
45-51 99%
44 97%
42-43 96%
41 93%
40 90%
39 88%
38 84%
37 81%
36 79%
35 74%
34 69%
33 67%
32 64%
31 59%
30 56%
29 54%
28 48%
27 43%
26 41%
25 36%
24 34%
23 30%
22 28%
21 24%
20 20%
19 17%
18 16%
17 13%
16 11%
15 9%
14 8%
13 6%
12 4%
11 3%
9-10 2%
7-8 1%
0-6 0%
 

AWA and Integrated Reasoning Percentiles

AWA Scores
Score Percentile
6 90%
5.5 77%
5 57%
4.5 39%
4 20%
3.5 10%
3 6%
2.0-2.5 4%
0.5-1.5 3%
0 0%
IR Scores
Score Percentile
8 92%
7 81%
6 67%
5 52%
4 37%
3 23%
2 12%
1 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.

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