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How to Calculate GMAT Scores

This post was updated on 1/28/2015

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% 41% 43% 48% 54% 56% 59% 64% 67% 69% 74% 79% 81% 84%
30 24% 470 480 490 500 500 510 520 530 530 540 550 560 560 570
32 28% 480 490 500 500 510 520 530 530 540 550 560 560 570 580
33 31% 500 500 510 520 530 530 540 550 560 560 570 580 580 580
34 33% 500 510 520 530 530 540 550 560 560 570 580 580 590 600
35 35% 510 520 530 530 540 550 560 560 570 580 580 590 600 600
36 38% 520 530 530 540 550 560 550 570 580 580 590 600 610 610
37 42% 530 530 540 550 560 560 570 580 580 590 600 610 610 620
38 44% 530 540 550 560 560 570 580 580 590 600 610 610 620 640
39 46% 540 550 560 560 570 580 580 590 600 610 610 620 630 640
40 50% 550 560 560 570 580 580 590 600 610 610 620 630 640 640
41 52% 560 560 570 580 580 590 600 610 610 610 620 640 640 650
42 54% 560 550 580 580 590 600 610 610 620 630 640 640 650 650
43 58% 570 580 580 590 600 610 610 610 630 640 640 650 660 670
44 61% 580 580 590 600 610 610 620 630 640 640 650 660 670 680
45 66% 580 590 600 610 610 620 630 640 640 650 660 670 670 680
46 68% 590 600 610 610 620 630 640 640 650 660 670 670 680 690
47 70% 600 610 610 620 630 640 640 650 650 660 670 680 690 690
48 76% 610 610 620 630 640 640 650 660 670 680 680 690 690 700
49 81% 610 620 630 640 640 650 660 670 670 680 690 690 700 710
50 89% 620 630 640 640 650 660 670 670 680 690 690 710 710 720
51 97% 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 % 88% 90% 93% 96% 96% 97% 99% 99% 99% 99% 99% 99% 99%
30 24% 580 580 590 600 610 610 620 630 640 640 650 660 670
31 25% 580 590 600 610 610 620 630 640 640 650 660 670 670
32 28% 590 600 610 610 620 630 640 640 650 660 670 670 680
33 31% 600 610 610 620 630 640 640 650 660 670 670 680 690
34 33% 610 610 620 630 640 640 650 660 670 670 680 690 690
35 35% 610 620 630 640 640 650 660 670 670 680 690 690 700
36 38% 620 630 640 640 650 660 670 670 680 690 690 700 710
37 42% 630 640 640 650 660 670 670 680 690 690 700 710 720
38 44% 640 640 650 660 670 670 680 690 690 700 710 720 720
39 46% 640 650 660 670 670 680 690 690 700 710 720 720 730
40 50% 650 660 670 680 680 690 690 700 710 720 720 730 740
41 52% 660 670 670 680 690 690 700 710 720 720 730 740 750
42 54% 670 670 680 680 690 700 710 710 720 730 740 750 750
43 58% 670 680 690 690 700 710 720 720 730 740 750 750 760
44 61% 680 690 690 700 710 720 720 730 740 750 750 760 770
45 66% 690 690 700 710 720 720 730 740 750 750 760 770 780
46 68% 690 700 710 720 720 730 740 750 750 760 770 780 780
47 70% 700 710 710 720 730 740 750 750 760 770 780 780 790
48 76% 710 710 720 740 740 750 750 760 760 780 780 790 800
49 81% 720 730 740 740 750 750 760 770 780 780 780 780 800
50 89% 720 730 740 750 750 760 770 780 780 790 800 800 800
51 97% 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. For more information on whether your GMAT score is good enough for a top business school, take a look at this helpful GMAT scores infographic. You can also find this type of 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.

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

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22 Responses to How to Calculate GMAT Scores

  1. Abdulkamal B. Abdullahi July 5, 2015 at 6:27 am #

    This shows that a Q42 V42 is better than a Q42 V43?

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette Jung July 6, 2015 at 10:38 am #

      Hi, Abdulkamal

      Sorry about the confusion! That was just a typo and it’s been fixed now. Thanks for the heads up! :)

      Best,
      Margarette

  2. Moh June 23, 2015 at 12:36 am #

    Helloooooo Guys, Hope you are all doing well, Please help me my exam is on August, what Shall I do, everyone is telling me that the exam is so hard, and I have to score minimum 650, Any peice of advice, please I would really Appreciate it :)

  3. bryant June 1, 2015 at 1:29 pm #

    FYI – 42Q, 47V today… while I wish it was 720, it was 710!

    Best,
    Bryant

    • Sharat Akasapu
      Sharat Akasapu June 1, 2015 at 1:35 pm #

      That’s a great score, Bryant! Thanks for letting me know :).

      Sharat

      • Brittany June 8, 2015 at 9:31 am #

        I’m taking the practice tests (yes, my score is terrible) but I have a question between the two practice tests I took.

        1st GMAT test) 420 Overall Score, 24Q (12th) & 23 Verbal (32nd)
        2nd GMAT test) 400 Overall Score, 22Q (9th) & 23 Verbal (32nd)

        Why is the first GMAT higher when the 2nd GMAT test have a higher ranking in Q&V?

        Any help would be appreciated!

        Thank you,
        B

  4. Julia May 16, 2015 at 8:40 am #

    49Q and 40V yesterday came out to 730 – right in line with this chart! This was extremely helpful in the studying process, thank you!

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig May 18, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

      Congratulations, Julia!!

      That’s a great score, and I’m so happy to hear that you found Magoosh helpful during your prep. Best of luck with b-school!

      All the best,
      Rita

  5. ThatGuy April 3, 2015 at 10:58 am #

    Why am i getting the feeling that the GMAT favors English majors.. i mean it seems you can do really bad on Quant and if you get a great score on Verbal you still will be in 700 range however the latter is not true.

  6. Marty Murray April 2, 2015 at 6:53 pm #

    Hi.

    Here’s another data point.

    I scored Q49 V50 and got overall 780.

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig April 3, 2015 at 3:18 pm #

      Thanks Marty!

      I’ll make the update to the chart. Congrats on your amazing score!! And good luck with the admissions process, I’m sure you’ll end up at a great program. :)

      Best,
      Rita

  7. Kate April 1, 2015 at 7:57 am #

    I got 48Q and 40V but 710 overall, which is different than the above.

    • Rita Kreig
      Rita Kreig April 1, 2015 at 2:41 pm #

      Hi Kate,

      Thanks for letting us know! GMAC must have changed their formula since we last updated the post. I’ll be sure to find the new numbers and update the post again. Congrats on your 710! That’s great! :)

      Best,
      Rita

  8. LinK March 22, 2015 at 4:00 pm #

    Just finished my GMAT yesterday. Q50V40, 740 overall. This is pretty good predictor :)

    • Margarette Jung
      Margarette March 23, 2015 at 2:45 pm #

      Awesome score! Glad we could help! :)

  9. Byron February 11, 2015 at 1:07 pm #

    50Q & 44V = 770 yesterday, so this is quite close… and it has been a very useful tool over the past month while I prepared for the GMAT. Thanks.

    By the way my 50 was 88th percentile, and my 44 was 98th… so you’re almost dead-on there as well.

    • Sharat Akasapu
      Sharat February 11, 2015 at 1:16 pm #

      That is great to hear! And congratulations on your score!!!

  10. Rakesh January 28, 2015 at 9:49 am #

    Very accurate. I got 710 with 40 verbal and 47 quant!
    Great work guys!

    • Sharat Akasapu
      Sharat January 28, 2015 at 11:30 am #

      Thanks for letting us know, Rakesh!

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

    Very helpfull .Than you.

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

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

    • Sharat Akasapu
      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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