GMAT Focus Edition: Score Chart and Percentiles Rankings (2024)

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When it comes to business school admissions, the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT™) is a critical component of the application process. However, with the introduction of the GMAT™ Focus Edition, potential candidates are faced with a new dimension to consider. This article breaks down the differences between the regular GMAT and the GMAT Focus Edition, and how these variations may affect your scores and percentile rankings.

The GMAT Scoring System

With the introduction of the GMAT Focus Edition, there has been a significant shift in the scoring system which impacts percentile rankings. This new version introduces an updated score scale ranging from 205 to 805, with each score ending in a 5, a clear departure from the traditional GMAT Exam’s 200-800 range. This adjustment enables a clear differentiation between the scores from the GMAT Focus Edition and the traditional GMAT Exam.

Moreover, the GMAT Focus Edition brings a more comprehensive evaluation into play. Unlike its predecessor, which calculated the Total Score based solely on Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning scores, the GMAT Focus Edition incorporates all three sections: Quantitative, Verbal, and Data Insights. Each section contributes equally to the Total Score, with individual section scores ranging from 60 to 90.

What does this mean?

Let’s consider an example to illustrate this difference. If two test takers, John and Jane, take the GMAT and the GMAT Focus Edition respectively, and both score 600 and 605, this does not indicate equivalent performance levels. John, who took the traditional GMAT, achieved his score based solely on his Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning skills. On the other hand, Jane’s score from the GMAT Focus Edition reflects her competencies in Quantitative, Verbal, and Data Insights sections. Hence, while their scores may seem close numerically, Jane’s 605 is a reflection of a broader skill set.

This revised structure emphasizes a multi-faceted approach, underscoring the importance of versatility in skills. By considering your performance across all three areas, the GMAT Focus Edition provides a more holistic view of your prep.

GMAT Focus Score Conversion

To gain an understanding of how the standard GMAT scores align with the GMAT Focus Edition, take a look at the comprehensive Score Concordance table provided below.

GMAT Score Percentile Ranking GMAT Focus Edition Score
800 100% 805
790 100% 805
780 100% 805
770 100% 805
760 99% 715
750 99% 715
740 98% 695
730 97% 695
720 95% 675
710 93% 665
700 90% 655
690 87% 645
680 83% 635
670 80% 615
660 78% 615
650 75% 615
640 71% 595
630 65% 585
620 63% 585
610 59% 575
600 55% 565
590 51% 555
580 48% 555
570 44% 545
560 41% 535
550 38% 525
540 35% 515
530 32% 515
520 28% 495
510 27% 495
500 25% 495
490 23% 485
480 21% 475
470 19% 475
460 18% 465
450 15% 455
440 14% 445
430 13% 445
420 12% 435
410 10% 425
400 9% 415
390 9% 415
380 8% 415
370 7% 405
360 6% 395
350 6% 395
340 5% 385
330 4% 375
320 4% 375
310 3% 355
300 3% 355
290 2% 335
280 2% 335
270 2% 335
260 2% 335
250 2% 335
240 1% 305
230 1% 305
220 1% 305
210 1% 305
200 0% 205

This table was provided by GMAC. You may also find it helpful to look at the average GMAT scores of top programs.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, the GMAT Focus Edition has revolutionized the landscape of business school admissions tests, introducing a more comprehensive and holistic evaluation approach. The expansion of the score scale and the inclusion of a third section in the total score calculation provides candidates with a unique opportunity to showcase a wider range of competencies. As a result, it is crucial for candidates to grasp these differences and understand their impact on their scores. By doing so, you can strategically prepare for the exam and ensure that your scores truly reflect your dedication.

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