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Average GMAT Scores

This post was updated in March 2017 to reflect the most recent data.

Snapshot (Just the Facts):

The current average combined GMAT score is a 551.94. Keep in mind that this mean score is quite low, and that the top 10 business schools, like Stanford, Harvard, and Yale, have an average GMAT score of 725—which is in the 95th percentile. We can also break the mean scores down by section:

  • Integrated Reasoning: 4.23
  • Quantitative Section: 38.91
  • Verbal Section: 26.8
  • Analytical Writing Assessment: 4.37

 

Average GMAT Scores

Nothing seems to get MBA applicants’ blood pumping and hearts racing to quite the same degree as a discussion about GMAT scores. Quantifiably comparing your b-school aptitude to your peers seems to be ingrained into the DNA of every future business leader out there. To cut to the chase, here’s the average 2017 (we updated this post y’all!) GMAT score, of all test takers:

551.94

Underwhelming, I know. But what does that get you? A lot of friends with a similar score, but probably not a stack of acceptance letters. If you’re wondering what GMAT score you’ll need for a top business school, check out this GMAT Scores for Top MBA Programs infographic. To dig further, I pulled the numbers from the US News report on average scores and the GMAT percentiles chart, and then broke them down for you below.

Average GMAT Score by Ranking

The following data comes from the US News and World Report’s 2017 best business school rankings report. The chart shows the average GMAT scores of full-time students at the top 96 business schools in the US, as well as the current percentile rankings of these average scores.

RankingSchoolAverage GMAT ScorePercentile
1 (tie)Harvard Unviersity72996th
1 (tie)University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)73096th
3University of Chicago (Booth)72695th
4 (tie)Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)72494th
4 (tie)Northwestern University (Kellogg)72896th
4 (tie)Stanford University73797th
7University of California - Berkeley71793rd
8Dartmouth College (Tuck)71793rd
9 (tie)Columbia University72094th
9 (tie)Yale University72595th
Average Scores for MBA Programs Ranked #1-1072595th
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What does the average GMAT score tell you?

Not much. As you can see from the chart above, an average GMAT score would put you pretty far outside of the top 100 business schools. A 550 score would most likely be pretty unlikely to gain acceptance at elite programs like HBS, Stanford, Wharton, or Sloan. In fact, there probably won’t be too much room in the top ten, or fifty! Just as an average SAT score couldn’t land you in the Ivies back in those halcyon high school days, an average GMAT score isn’t going to get you into the big dance.

Now that you’ve effectively given yourself a mild heart palpitation in an attempt to compare yourself to other MBA applicants, it’s time to calm down and reflect on what should really matter to you.

Forget the average and target your goal GMAT score

First thing’s first, create goals. You should know what you want out of business school. I’ll wait while you jot those down. OK. Now, spend some time really assessing which schools can help you achieve those goals. Are they top 50 schools? Maybe it’s only a handful of the elite of the elite. No matter what, you can look at the chart above and come up with a good idea of where you need to be. Forget what everyone else is getting and focus on getting a good GMAT score for you. Once you do that, you spend less time trying to figure out what everyone else is doing and more time positioning yourself for the best application possible.

So what’s next?

If you’re still reading, then there’s a good chance you’re hoping to get your scores somewhere near the scores of those listed in the chart above. The good news is that there’s hope! Check out the following posts to help you through your GMAT journey:

Good luck! If you think some programs should be added to the chart above, let me know in the comments below!

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24 Responses to Average GMAT Scores

  1. ANKIT SINGH PARIHAR May 16, 2017 at 11:17 pm #

    hello mam/sir,

    I am planning to give gmat in next month for jan 2018 intake.
    I have 70%-10, 74%-12, graduation-61%, can u please tell me how much i have to score in gmat if i am targetting top 50 B schools?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 17, 2017 at 8:58 am #

      Hi Ankit. 🙂 No one can give you a specific value or score as admissions is far more complex than that. I would suggest you achieve the highest score you can so that it adds to your overall applicant package. 🙂

  2. Wilson April 5, 2017 at 4:14 am #

    Mike..what happens if one does well in the gmat but his/her undergraduate scores are not that good. I did a bachelor of business science in Financial economics. It was a highly technical and rigorous program. Can the universities take this into consideration when assessing one’s transcripts?
    Thanks

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 5, 2017 at 12:34 pm #

      Hi Wilson,

      Please note that the admissions committee of each school will look at a number of variables when reviewing your candidacy and each may place a different emphasis on each part of your application. Regardless, there should be a portion on the application to explain any part of your application. You can take this opportunity to shed more light on your undergraduate scores. They will definitely take this into consideration. I hope this helps! 🙂

  3. Liana November 19, 2016 at 12:27 pm #

    If I have my masters will my undergraduate GPA still be important in applying to business schools or will they look at my graduate GPA?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 20, 2016 at 10:27 am #

      Hi Liana,

      All programs will still require and evaluate your undergraduate GPA in the application process. It’s hard to say how much weight each program will place on either GPA given that each program is different. Regardless, if your graduate GPA is strong, it will be a positive to your application.

  4. Tarun October 19, 2016 at 10:03 pm #

    Hi,

    I have taken a gmat mock test and got 630 marks and i have scheduled my gmat in march 2017. My Academics are low with a %age of marks are 58.6%, 59.2% and 59.6% in 10th, 12th, and graduation respectively. Can you help me with what will be my chances to get into top 50 B schools.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert October 20, 2016 at 7:33 am #

      I’ll be happy to help you with this, although I’m a little unclear about your grades. Are you saying that you got 59.6% upon graduation from high school, or upon graduation from your undergrad degree at university?

      If the 58.6%/59.2%/59.6% figures you’ve given are just your high school grades, they won’t be a problem. What MBA programs really care about is your undergraduate university grades. On the other hand, if your bachelor degree grades are that low, you’ll probably have a lot of trouble getting into any B-School.

      I’m assuming those are your high school grades, though, because most unis won’t let you get a four year degree unless your average is above 70%.

      Assuming that, your 630 on the GMAT will be the main factor in your acceptance into B-school. With a 630 on the GMAT, it’s pretty difficult to crack the top 50 B-schools. However, there could be some chance if your undergraduate grades are good and you have a decent C.V. in terms of business work experience.

  5. Ab (Abhyuday) May 3, 2016 at 3:49 am #

    Sir,

    I have 2 Years of work experience in one of the India’s best Not for Profit Organization (CII) as an Executive and have over a year Experience in Working at Amazon.com for NA and CA catalog department.

    I have average scores of 7.05 in BTECH mechanical Engineering and this score is the same through out my career.

    I am preparing to apply for MBA in International Business in average to good business schools in California. What should be my GMAT score be so as to crack this vision by the Fall of 2017?

    I have not touched or prepared for the exam since I have started working since 2013. Kindly guide me how much time and effort(devotion) should I spare for GMAT while doing a 9 hour shift.

    Your guidance will be highly appreciated.

    Regards,
    Ab

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 13, 2016 at 5:55 am #

      Hi Abhyuday,

      Thanks for asking! 🙂 The answer depends a lot on your starting abilities. Have you taken a GMAT practice test? This can help you to figure out your current proficiency level and then you can use that information to decide what the best course of action would be. If your mock test gives you a 420 that is a very different set of recommendations than if you get a 680. Take a practice test from somewhere, get that predicted score, and then decide how much time to devote based on how much work you need!

      Good luck. 🙂

      • NITESH June 14, 2016 at 10:02 pm #

        Sir,
        I took the GMAT on December 12th,2015 and got a score of 530.I cancelled this score,expecting that the next one would be a good one.After that,i took the exam again and got a score of 670.I want to know if cancellation of the first score would take a toll on my admissions.If so,what is the solution to prove my credentials:7.05 CGPA,3.5 years of work experience in petroleum and exploration.

        Your Guidance will be highly appreciated
        Regards
        NITESH

        • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
          Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 16, 2016 at 10:08 am #

          Hi Nitesh,

          I have some good news. Check this out from the MBA.com website: “To ensure that test takers have an accurate record of their GMAT exam history, you will still see all your GMAT exams on your record, including cancelled scores. However, cancelled scores will not be displayed on the version of score reports sent to schools.

          You should not have any worries about your admissions chances related to cancelling scores because the schools will not know. 🙂

  6. Ku April 21, 2016 at 8:15 am #

    Hi

    I took my GMAT a few days back and scored a 640 (Q47/V32). I am aiming for fall 2017 intake and I would have approximately 4 years of work experience (in a top Indian IT firm) by then.

    Undergrad(B-Tech) : 84%
    Also worked part time for an NGO.

    I am aware of the fact that aiming for the top 20-25 US B-schools is probably a far-fetched thought. Would you be kind enough to help me with my options? Which B schools are reachable with my score/profile?

    Regards

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert April 25, 2016 at 11:50 am #

      Hi Ku,

      Unfortunately, we don’t have nearly as much expertise and experience in graduate school admissions as we do with GMAT prep, so I’m afraid we can’t be of much help. Here are a few blog posts to help you evaluate your scores:

      * What is a Good GMAT Score?
      * Average GMAT Scores

      Additionally, I’d recommend directly contacting the schools/programs you’re interested in to see if they can offer any insight, or check out the programs’ websites to see if they have any info!

      I hope that helps at least a little!

  7. Meet Patel February 22, 2016 at 10:09 pm #

    Hi,
    I have got 50% in my graduation and 640 in my GMAT. Plus I have two years of work experience. Does it really matter if I have low graduation score but a decent GMAT score? What would be my chances if I apply for MBA? Please assist me with this.
    Thanks in advance 🙂

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 23, 2016 at 1:29 am #

      Hi there! 🙂

      I’m not sure what you mean by 50% in graduation–is that a ranking among other students or is that your final grade overall? In any case, for an MBA your work experience and GMAT score are very important and your undergraduate scores, while helpful, are not the core components of your application. Write good essays, get a strong GMAT score for that program’s requirements, and make sure you explain how your work experience prepares you for the program–those things will get you into a good program.

      Make sure you use some research about the average scores of accepted students into your chosen programs so you know if you need to work more on your application package to be competitive. 🙂

  8. Janardhan January 27, 2016 at 11:04 am #

    Respected sir/madam I’ll be completing my engineering this year and am planning to do MBA, some of my friends are suggesting that work experience plays an important role in securing an admission In top universities, but am not interested to work so please let me know whether this may effect my admission to top a university

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 29, 2016 at 11:16 am #

      Hi Janardhan,

      I have to tell you up front: we know a lot more about test prep than we do about admissions. That said, your friends are right in this case–MBA programs look favorably on work experience. After all, the purpose of an MBA is to develop management and business skills, but this is to be built on a base of prior business experience. It is not impossible to earn your MBA without this work experience, but many programs will tell you that the studies you do with your MBA are not as meaningful without real-world knowledge to attach to it.

      I hope that answers your question! 🙂

  9. M.Ahmad October 1, 2015 at 8:35 am #

    Hello

    hope you are fine. I just wanna know what if studying the official guide of GMAT 2015 will be enough to get good scores such as 600-700. Please guide me if further practice is needed and how much time i need to give every day for practicing gmat and which other books will help me?

    Thanks
    Ahmad

  10. Saurabh August 4, 2014 at 9:13 pm #

    Respected Maam

    I got a score of 600 in GMAT Mock exam . I just want to know whether this score is
    suffice to get a scholarship in a good MIM college in USA. I also have a good profile.

    Thanking you
    Saurabh Kaushik

    • Rita Neumann
      Rita Kreig August 5, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

      Hello Saurabh,

      I wish I could provide a definitive answer to your question, but unfortunately, I’m not an expert on MIM programs in the US. It’s very difficult to say whether or not a university will provide you with a scholarship, because each university has different qualifications for scholarship recipients (merit, resume, GMAT score, financial need, etc.)

      My best advice for you would be to contact the programs that you’d like to apply to, and ask your question of their admissions office. In general, universities are very happy to answer such questions.

      I’m sorry that I couldn’t provide more help. Best of luck with your applications!

      Rita

  11. saurabh June 27, 2014 at 10:30 pm #

    Respcted Maam/Sir
    I have done engineering (4 years degree) from a reputed college in India with an aggregate percentage of 67 . I do not have work experience, but I have worked for NGO,s
    and have done some technical as well as other curricular certifications. I want to get into the top business school for MIM.
    How much GMAT score should I aim for and also should I appear for TOEFL.
    Thanking you
    Saurabh Kaushik

    • Rita Neumann
      Rita Kreig June 30, 2014 at 10:28 am #

      Hi Saurabh!

      This is a tough question. 🙂

      Getting into a top business school (especially a top 100 business school) requires a strong resume plus an above-average GMAT score. The average GMAT score (2014) is 545.6, and to get into a top 100 business school you need to score at least above 600.

      For more specific information, I would recommend looking at the programs that you’re most interested in attending, and then researching the average GMAT score of the most recently admitted class. The program’s website will have this information, plus it will tell you whether or not a TOEFL score is required for admission. For most programs in the United States, a TOEFL score is required, but sometimes there are other options for proving your fluency in English.

      Good luck as you study for the GMAT, and congrats on aiming for a top school.

      Thanks for writing in!
      Rita

      • Saurabh August 2, 2014 at 3:12 am #

        Respected Maam,

        Thank you for the reply , I gave My mock exam and got 600 in mock and my focus is now set for USA colleges for MIM specially Boston, can you tell me whether a score like this is suffice to get into USA colleges for MIM

        Thank you
        Saurabh Kaushik


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