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GRE to GMAT Score Conversion

Have you just taken the GRE and do you wonder what you would get on the GMAT? Did you applying to b-school with a GRE score and do you want to see how you stack up against the GMAT competition? In both cases, you will definitely want to know the GRE to GMAT score conversion. Check the chart below when weighing GRE scores vs. GMAT scores.

GRE-GMAT score comparison chart

GRE Verbal 130 132 134 136 138 140 142 144 146 148 150
Quant                        
130   200 200 200 200 200 200 210 220 230 250 260
132   200 200 200 200 200 220 230 240 250 270 280
134   200 200 200 210 220 240 250 260 270 290 300
136   200 210 220 230 240 260 270 280 300 310 320
138   220 230 240 250 270 280 290 300 320 330 340
140   240 250 260 270 290 300 310 330 340 350 360
142   260 270 280 300 310 320 330 350 360 370 390
144   280 290 300 320 330 340 360 370 380 390 410
146   300 310 330 340 350 360 380 390 400 420 430
148   320 330 350 360 370 390 400 410 420 440 450
150   340 360 370 380 390 410 420 430 440 460 470
152   360 380 390 400 410 430 440 450 470 480 490
154   390 400 410 420 440 450 460 470 490 500 510
156   410 420 430 440 460 470 480 500 510 520 530
158   430 440 450 470 480 490 500 520 530 540 560
160   450 460 470 490 500 510 530 540 550 560 580
162   470 480 500 510 520 530 550 560 570 580 600
164   490 500 520 530 540 560 570 580 590 610 620
166   510 530 540 550 560 580 590 600 610 630 640
168   530 550 560 570 580 600 610 620 640 650 660
170   560 570 580 590 610 620 630 640 660 670 680

 

GRE Verbal 152 154 156 158 160 162 164 166 168 170
Quant                      
130   270 280 300 310 320 330 350 360 370 390
132   290 300 320 330 340 360 370 380 390 410
134   310 330 340 350 360 380 390 400 420 430
136   330 350 360 370 390 400 410 420 440 450
138   360 370 380 390 410 420 430 440 460 470
140   380 390 400 420 430 440 450 470 480 490
142   400 410 420 440 450 460 470 490 500 510
144   420 430 440 460 470 480 500 510 520 530
146   440 450 470 480 490 500 520 530 540 560
148   460 470 490 500 510 530 540 550 560 580
150   480 500 510 520 530 550 560 570 590 600
152   500 520 530 540 560 570 580 590 610 620
154   530 540 550 560 580 590 600 610 630 640
156   550 560 570 590 600 610 620 640 650 660
158   570 580 590 610 620 630 640 660 670 680
160   590 600 610 630 640 650 670 680 690 700
162   610 620 640 650 660 670 690 700 710 730
164   630 640 660 670 680 700 710 720 730 750
166   650 670 680 690 700 720 730 740 760 770
168   670 690 700 710 730 740 750 760 780 790
170   700 710 720 730 750 760 770 780 800 800

 

This information is drawn from here. Your GRE verbal scores run across the top, and the GRE quantitative scores are down the left-hand side.

Some might quip that comparing GRE and GMAT scores is like comparing apples and oranges. Is a perfect GMAT score equivalent to a perfect GRE score? Isn’t the math section on the GMAT more difficult than the one on the GRE? Though such questions do show that the comparison is not perfect—perhaps an orange to tangerines one—this is still a “close-enough” approximation. Another way to compare is to check your GRE score percentiles against GMAT score percentiles.

 

Apples to oranges

For those who just took the GRE and are considering taking the GMAT, or vice versa, figuring out exactly how you’ll do on one test can be very difficult. To confound our attempts at conversion even more is the fact that not all of us have the same skill set.

For instance, you may be strong at vocabulary, but not so strong at grammar. This imbalance will work against you on the GMAT. Likewise, you might have scored 90% on the GRE quant, but since the quant competition for the GMAT is much stiffer you will in likelihood not score 90% on the GMAT quant section.

Business schools know very well about the asymmetries cited above. Perhaps, some schools even have a GRE quant to GMAT quant convertor—though I think only the quant heavy programs would really do such a thing. It could very well be that most b-schools don’t convert the scores between the two tests. In fact, I’m almost certain that neither verbal section is granted more weight. The difficulty between the GMAT and GRE verbal section is more of a subjective thing.

 

Takeaway

While there are many confounding factors when converting GMAT score to GRE scores, or vice versa, using the percentile ranking will give you a rough idea of how you would do on both exams. Remember that these tests aren’t necessarily some kind of IQ correlation. There is no hard and fast conversion of your average GMAT score. :)

 

About the Author

Chris Lele has been helping students excel on the GRE, GMAT, and SAT for the last 10 years. He is the Lead Content Developer and Tutor for Magoosh. His favorite food is wasabi-flavored almonds. Follow him on Google+!

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