GMAT Score Calculator (with GMAT Score Chart)

Calculator and notebook representing GMAT Score Calculator
This post was updated in 2024 for the new GMAT.

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 ScoreAverage GMAT Classic ScoreGMAT Classic Middle 80% of Accepted Students
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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