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# GMAT Enhanced Score Report

Fact: GMAC recently announced the Enhanced Score Report (ESR) feature.

Fact: The ESR is available for all GMATs completed after October 1, 2013.

Fact: The cost of the ESR is \$24.95 (US)

Fact: You can watch the official online demo.

Fact: You can decide to get this right at the end of your GMAT, but you don’t have to make a decision right then, on the spot: you can make the decision after you go home and think about it.

OK, those are the basic facts. Now, what exactly are they offering here?

## What is the GMAT Enhanced Score Report?

As you may know, when you finish your GMAT and walk out of the testing room, they will hand you an unofficial basic GMAT Score Report. This will tell you your V & Q subscores, your IR, and your composite GMAT score. A couple weeks later, they send you your official score report, which has all that information plus your AWA (which takes a couple weeks to process). All that, you get for “free”—that is, they are included in the price of a GMAT. You can figure out basic percentile rankings yourself, for the total score and for the Q & V sections, by reading about GMAT percentiles.

For the ESR, you have to pay another twenty-five clams, \$25 US, over and above what you paid to take the GMAT in the first place. What do you get? The ESR give you a full breakdown.

For the Verbal Section, the ESR tells you your percentile ranking for Verbal (which you could figure out yourself, but it also gives you your percentile ranking for each of the three Verbal question types: Critical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, and Sentence Correction. It also give you the time you spent on average on each Verbal question, an average time for each of the three question formats, and the average time spent on a Verbal question for the average test taker.

Similarly for the Quantitative Section, the ESR gives you your percentile and average time spent for the entire section, for each of the two question types (Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency), and for two broad content areas: Arithmetic and Algebra/Geometry.

For the Integrated Reasoning, it tells you your IR score, your percentile rank for the section, the percent of questions you answered correctly, the average time you spent on questions you got right, and the average time you spent on questions you got wrong. It also tells you the average time that an average test taker took on IR questions.

The online demo is designed as if the AWA had not been graded yet for the hypothetical GMAT student shown, but the AWA section of the ESR just shows the “meaning” of the different AWA scores: basically, this is a rehashed version of the information in the OG13 or OG2015 on pp. 791-792. It’s not clear that, even when your AWA were graded, any information about your essay would be shown here, other than perhaps a percentile rank. The rest of the GMAT is computer-scored and processed, so it’s very easy to generate all kinds of information from this bank of data, but the AWA is not computerized in nearly the same way, so they are likely to give far less detailed feedback on it.

## The ESR & Retaking the GMAT

The one case in which the ESR undoubtedly would be particular helpful is when you know that you are going to retake the GMAT. In this case, you need as much data as possible about what your weak areas are and how to improve. If you have been practicing, and using GMAT Prep, you probably already have a good idea of your relative strengths and weaknesses, but the time data in particular, the average time spent on each question type, could be golden.

Keep in mind, though: even this data only captures broad swathes. Suppose you are low, say, in Algebra/Geometry: what does that mean? There could be any one of a number of topics that you need to learn in greater detail. More likely, it’s not so much a lack of knowledge of particular math factoids, but your mode of thinking, the way you analyze and unpack problems. It might be an over-reliance on formulas, or you may have to understand mathematical thinking more deeply. Math happens in the details: you may not get much help from high-level data, such as the ESR provides, but much more from individualized explanations for specific problems—not unlike the video explanations that each Magoosh question has! Overall, the ESR is not going to tell you everything, or even most, of what you going to need to add 50 or 100 points on your GMAT retake. It tells you what it tells you: take it for what it’s worth.

## Summary

If you are not retaking the GMAT, and especially if your GMAT score is high, then you don’t need the GMAT ESR. If you plan to retake, and especially if you have taken more than one GMAT since October, 2013, the ESR can be very helpful. The ESR will not tell you everything you will need for a successful retake, but it’s a good start.

If you have any questions about the GMAT ESR, or you have your own experiences with it that you want to share, please let us know in the comments sections below!

### 7 Responses to GMAT Enhanced Score Report

1. Paul August 28, 2018 at 11:32 pm #

Hi there, I just sat my GMAT exam today and received my Unofficial Score Report. I will be retaking the GMAT exam in 16 calendar days. I would like to get my ESR report ASAP so that I can focus on weak areas identified in the exam. Do you know approximately how long it will take for me to access my online ESR report?

Kind regards,
Paul

• Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 31, 2018 at 10:03 am #

Hi Paul,

It can take up to 72 hours for your ESR to become available, so you should receive it soon (if you haven’t already)!

2. EC March 17, 2018 at 6:38 pm #

Hi, how does the logistics of ESR work? I have an upcoming test in April. Should I purchase it now before the test or after the test, if I determine an ESR would be helpful? Thank you!

• Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 18, 2018 at 3:40 pm #

As indicated on the order page for a GMAT ESR through the official MBA.com store, you can order an ESR before or after you take the test. I would honestly recommend ordering it after test day though. To avoid wasting money or getting something you don’t need, it really is better to wait until after you take your test and perhaps until after you get your official score report. At that point, you can make an informed decision about whether or not an ESR would help you.

3. jayden March 2, 2018 at 7:21 pm #

Hi there,

I took my GMAT once and i just purchase my GMAT ESR report, i don’t quite understand what others were talking about (Q20 & V31), where to read that number from ?

It says my Verbal Score is 18, my Quant score is 34, so, i wonder where should i focus to improve my score? my IR is 2, my total is 450.

I just need 550 to get into the Business school.

• Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 6, 2018 at 1:47 pm #

Q20 means Quant score of 20, and V31 means a Verbal score of 31. You won’t literally see those written out to look like “Q20 & V31” on the actual ESR, as you’ve seen. 🙂

As for your scores, Verbal obviously has more room for improvement then Quant. Assuming you can keep your Quant score in the mid-30s, you’ll want to boost your Verbal score to the low 30s in order to reach 550 or a bit higher. For details on the way that Verbal and QUant section scores affect the whole-test score, see our post on how to calculate your GMAT score.

Your IR is also low, so I’d recommend boosting that as well. Schools don’t always value IR in the same way that they value Quant and Verbal. So you may want to check with your target school or schools to see what their IR requirements or expectations are.

4. Siddharth June 23, 2015 at 7:38 am #

Hi Mike,

thanks for the ESR explaination.

Does ESR provides detail analysis of the questions? The detail analysis may contain time taken to answer the question, correct/incorrect questions, the number of questions answered above the avg. time etc.

I am planning to retake the GMAT. The analysis of above kind would definitely help me in improving my weaknesses.

Regards
Siddharth

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