GMAT Score Calculator (with GMAT Score Chart)

Calculator and notebook representing GMAT Score Calculator

Have you set a GMAT score goal, but are unsure what you need to score in each section to achieve it? Do you have a section score from a practice test or diagnostic and are wondering what total scores are possible with it? Confused about the relationship between your total score and your percentile score? Or do you just want to understand more about how the new GMAT format is scored? We’re here to help! This post will cover what you need to know with an interactive score calculator, a GMAT percentile chart, and a full breakdown of what it all means.

How Are GMAT Scores Calculated?

Under the new, shorter GMAT test format, your total GMAT score is calculated based on your performance in three main sections: Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, and Data Insights. Each section is scored separately on a scale of 60 to 90. These individual scores are then input into a formula to produce a total score ranging from 205 to 805. In this format each section has the same weight when making up your total score. This updated format aims to provide a more focused assessment of the skills essential for business school success while reducing the overall testing time. When you receive your official score report you will see scores for each section, your total score, and your percentile rankings for each score.

A description of how GMAT scores are calculated

How Accurate are GMAT Score Calculators?

The truth is that GMAC, the people who make the GMAT, very closely guard the inner workings of their scoring systems. The GMAT is not just testing your individual performance against the test, but your performance compared to other test takers. You could read in much more detail about the mysteries of GMAT scoring, but here are the basics you need to know:

  • Your section score represents both a snapshot of how many questions you answered correctly and the difficulty of those questions. Two test takers could get the same amount of questions right in a Quant section, but have very different section scores if one tester saw much harder questions.
  • Your section percentile ranking shows how you performed in that section in relation to other test takers. For example, if you received an 82 on the Quant section you’d have a percentile ranking of 76%. In other words, you scored better than 76% of all other test takers over a recent 3-year span.
  • Your total GMAT score represents your performance across all three sections. In our image above we represent that by adding your section scores together to produce a total score, but it’s not quite that straight forward. Rather, this formula shows how we arrived at your total score:



Formula showing how to calculate GMAT total score

A Note On Calculations

As stated earlier, GMAC closely guards its scoring schemes and algorithms. The exact scoring system for the GMAT is only known by GMAC. As such, our calculator – like all third party GMAT calculators – is an approximation. You should view all scores derived from sources other than official tests as estimations, not predictions. These can be useful tools to gauge your progress over time and plot your course forward. But they also should be viewed with a grain of salt.

How to Use the GMAT Calculator

  • Step 1: Determine Your Target Score. Here are two tables that show percentile rankings. The first shows broad percentile bands across each section and the total. The second shows the percentile for every total score. You generally will need a 70th percentile score for competitive programs.
    Quantitative
    Verbal
    Data Insights
    Total Score
    >90%
    86-90
    84-90
    82-90
    655-805
    80-89%
    83-85
    83
    80-81
    615-645
    70-79%
    81-82
    81-82
    78-79
    595-605
    60-69%
    80
    80
    77
    575-585
    50-59%
    78-79
    79
    75-76
    555-565
    <50%
    <78
    <79
    <75
    <555

    GMAT Focus Score Percentiles

    Percentile
    Score
    100%
    735-805
    99%
    705-725
    98%
    695
    97%
    685
    96%
    675
    94%
    665
    93%
    655
    89%
    645
    85%
    635
    83%
    625
    80%
    615
    75%
    605
    72%
    595
    65%
    585
    62%
    575
    56%
    565
    53%
    555
    47%
    545
    44%
    535
    38%
    525
    36%
    515
    31%
    505
    29%
    495
    24%
    485
    22%
    475
    19%
    465
    17%
    455
    14%
    445
    13%
    435
    10%
    425
    9%
    415
    8%
    405
    7%
    395
    5%
    375-385
    4%
    365
    3%
    345-355
    2%
    325-335
    1%
    275-315
    0%
    205-265

    Average Test Scores MBA Programs – Class of 2025

    School

    Average New GMAT Score
    Average GMAT Classic Score
    GMAT Classic Middle 80% or Accepted Student Range
    Stanford GSB
    685
    738
    Range: 630-790
    UPenn (Wharton)
    685
    728
    Does not disclose
    Northwestern (Kellogg)
    685
    731
    Range: 620-780
    University of Chicago (Booth)
    685
    728
    Range: 600-780
    MIT (Sloan)
    685
    730
    Middle 80%: 700-760
    Harvard
    685
    740
    Range: 500-790
    NYU (Stern)
    685
    732
    Middle 80%: 700-760
    UC Berkeley (Haas)
    685
    733
    Middle 80%: 680-770
    Yale
    675
    720
    Middle 80%: 680-760
    Dartmouth (Tuck)
    675
    726
    Range: 630-800
    University of Virginia (Darden)
    665
    716
    Middle 80%: 680-750
    Columbia University
    685
    730
    Middle 80%: 700-760
    Duke (Fuqua)
    665
    715
    Middle 80%: 670-760
    University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (Ross)
    675
    719
    Middle 80%: 670-760
    Cornell (Johnson)
    665
    710
    Middle 80%: 660-750
    Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)
    655
    705
    Middle 80%: 650-750
    UT-Texas – Austin (McCombs)
    655
    704
    Middle 80%: 670-740
    Emory (Goizueta)
    665
    709
    Middle 80%: 640-740
    University of Southern California (Marshall)
    675
    722
    Middle 80%: 681-760
    Indiana University (Kelley)
    635
    685
    Does not disclose
 
  • Step 2: Start by identifying your strongest section of the GMAT. Adjust the corresponding slider to either your target section score or most recent diagnostic score. You can then adjust the sliders for the other two sections to see what total scores are produced by different section score combinations. Adjust each section by the raw section score by focusing on score above the slider. Alternately, you can also keep an eye on the percentile rank below the slider. You can see what the mean scores for each section on each slider. Revisit the calculator as you continue to study and take practice tests.

GMAT Score Calculator (Interactive)

Quant Score
60
Mean: 78
slide to adjust
Percentile: 1%
Verbal Score
60
Mean: 79
slide to adjust
Percentile: 0%
Data Insights Score
60
Mean: 74
slide to adjust
Percentile: 4%
Total Score: 205
Mean: 545
Percentile: 0%

Improving Your GMAT Score

Remember that a good GMAT score is one that gets you into your target MBA program. After you’ve determined what programs you are applying to are looking for in a score, it’s time to find out where you stand. Take a free GMAT diagnostic test with Magoosh to establish your baseline! Once you know what score you are starting from consider using a Magoosh GMAT Premium Plan to pick a proven study plan to help you master the GMAT and achieve your target score.

Author

  • Sharat Akasapu

    Sharat helps prioritize awesome new products, and then makes sure they’re helping students. A graduate of the University of Michigan with a BA in Marketing and Finance, he loves traveling, playing tennis, and eating dessert first. In his free time, he is trying to learn Spanish. On Saturdays during the fall, he can be found watching Michigan football games. Go Blue!

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