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How to Calculate GMAT Scores

Hi everyone!

First, let’s just review some GMAT 101. When you take a GMAT, you get a whole collection of scores: (a) an AWA score (1-6); (b) an Integrated Reasoning score (1-8), (c) a raw Quant score, and (d) a raw Verbal score. These last two (and not the first two) contribute to the overall 200-800 GMAT score. All scores are reported to B-school, but at the moment, it seems the overall GMAT score is considerably more important in admissions than any of the other scores. The AWA & IR scores seem to count for considerably less at the current time, but that doesn’t mean you can ignore either. It probably makes no difference whether you get the highest value or a point or two below the highest value in either of these two, but if you flub either one, admissions might see that as a red flag.

Some of our students have been wondering how their raw quant and verbal scores get translated to a score on a scale of 800. For those of you interested in this, check out the table below!

V 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Q % 36% 40% 43% 48% 53% 56% 58% 64% 66% 69% 74% 78% 81% 83%
30 29% 470 480 490 500 500 510 520 530 530 540 550 560 560 570
31 30% 480 490 500 500 510 520 530 530 540 550 560 560 570 580
32 34% 490 500 500 510 520 530 530 540 550 560 560 570 580 580
33 38% 500 500 510 520 530 530 540 550 560 560 570 580 580 580
34 40% 500 510 520 530 530 540 550 560 560 570 580 580 590 600
35 42% 510 520 530 530 540 550 560 560 570 580 580 590 600 600
36 46% 520 530 530 540 550 560 550 570 580 580 590 600 610 610
37 51% 530 530 540 550 560 560 570 580 580 590 600 610 610 620
38 53% 530 540 550 560 560 570 580 580 590 600 610 610 620 640
39 55% 540 550 560 560 570 580 580 590 600 610 610 620 630 640
40 59% 550 560 560 570 580 580 590 600 610 610 620 630 640 640
41 61% 560 560 570 580 580 590 600 610 610 610 620 640 640 650
42 63% 560 550 580 580 590 600 610 610 620 630 640 640 650 650
43 68% 570 580 580 590 600 610 610 610 630 640 640 650 660 670
44 70% 580 580 590 600 610 610 620 630 640 640 650 660 670 680
45 75% 580 590 600 610 610 620 630 640 640 650 660 670 670 680
46 77% 590 600 610 610 620 630 640 640 650 660 670 670 680 690
47 79% 600 610 610 620 630 640 640 650 650 660 670 680 690 690
48 84% 610 610 620 630 640 640 650 660 670 680 680 690 690 700
49 88% 610 620 630 640 640 650 660 670 670 680 690 690 700 710
50 94% 620 630 640 640 650 660 670 670 680 690 690 710 710 720
51 99% 630 640 640 650 660 670 670 680 690 690 700 710 720 720

V 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51
Q % 87% 89% 92% 95% 96% 97 98% 99% 99% 99% 99% 99% 99%
30 29% 580 580 590 600 610 610 620 630 640 640 650 660 670
31 30% 580 590 600 610 610 620 630 640 640 650 660 670 670
32 34% 590 600 610 610 620 630 640 640 650 660 670 670 680
33 38% 600 610 610 620 630 640 640 650 660 670 670 680 690
34 40% 610 610 620 630 640 640 650 660 670 670 680 690 690
35 42% 610 620 630 640 640 650 660 670 670 680 690 690 700
36 46% 620 630 640 640 650 660 670 670 680 690 690 700 710
37 51% 630 640 640 650 660 670 670 680 690 690 700 710 720
38 53% 640 640 650 660 670 670 680 690 690 700 710 720 720
39 55% 640 650 660 670 670 680 690 690 700 710 720 720 730
40 59% 650 660 670 680 680 690 690 700 710 720 720 730 740
41 61% 660 670 670 680 690 690 700 710 720 720 730 740 750
42 63% 670 670 680 700 690 700 710 710 720 730 740 750 750
43 68% 670 680 690 690 700 710 720 720 730 740 750 750 760
44 70% 680 690 690 700 710 720 720 730 740 750 750 760 770
45 75% 690 690 700 710 720 720 730 740 750 750 760 770 780
46 77% 690 700 710 720 720 730 740 750 750 760 770 780 780
47 79% 700 710 710 720 730 740 750 750 760 770 780 780 790
48 84% 710 720 720 740 740 750 750 760 760 780 780 790 800
49 88% 720 730 740 740 750 750 760 770 780 780 790 800 800
50 94% 720 730 740 750 750 760 770 780 780 790 800 800 800
51 99% 730 740 750 750 760 770 780 780 790 800 800 800 800

 

How do I read this?

Potential quantitative scores go up and down from 30 to 51 with the percentile that score relates to directly to the right. Verbal scores go left and right from 25 to 51 with the percentile right below it. Take your raw quantitative and verbal scores and look up the 800-scale score that corresponds to them. For example, raw scores of 51 on quantitative and 42 on verbal corresponds to 750.

How accurate is this?

We’ve taken a look at our previous customers and have found that this table predicted with reasonable accuracy their 800-scale score; it’s not a perfect predictor, but it is a pretty good estimator.

How does my GMAT score factor into admissions?

It’s important to note that your GMAT score is just one factor used by admissions at business schools. Other factors that go into the admission process include your previous relevant work experience, undergraduate academic performance, and your essays.

What’s a good score?

We treat this topic in more detail in another blog. For most top schools, getting a score that is at least in the mid-600’s will help your chances of admission. That said, the best schools tend to accept applicants with higher scores. You can find this information for a particular school you’re interested in on their admissions page. You can find one of our blog posts on this topic here. Other schools will include this data as well. A score higher than this range doesn’t guarantee you admission just as a score lower than this range won’t disqualify you. As mentioned above, your score is just one data point used in making a decision.

What if you think you should retake the test? We have a few thoughts on this here. Business school admission is a competitive process and in order to compete well with the pool of applicants you will be up against, scoring above 600 will help your chance.

For more resources, I would recommend reading these following sites:

I’d love to hear what you think. Feel free to leave a comment below!

About the Author

Sharat studied Marketing and Finance at the University of Michigan. In his free time, he is trying to learn Spanish. He also loves traveling, playing tennis, and eating dessert first. On Saturdays during the fall, he can be found watching Michigan football games. Go Blue! Follow Sharat on Google+ and on Twitter @SharatAka!

3 Responses to How to Calculate GMAT Scores

  1. Kiran October 18, 2014 at 9:17 am #

    Very helpfull .Than you.

  2. Reverserewind October 27, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

    Are these actually correct? A Q46 is no longer in 70th percentile?

    • Sharat
      sharat October 28, 2013 at 10:13 am #

      Hi there– That’s what we’ve seen. We put this together by looking at our previous customers. It’s not a perfect predictor, but it is a pretty good estimator.


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