Highest GMAT Score in the World

Let the battle begin! The battle for the highest GMAT score in the world, that is.

If you took the GMAT test in 2014, then you weren’t just competing against those in your test center–you were also competing with every other test taker in the world (how’s that for some high stakes? Cue suspenseful music!). Your score was combined with the GMAT score of every other test taker in your nation and then compared to the average GMAT score of every other nation in the world.

Which country do you think came out on top? India, Iran, the U.S., Spain? Maybe none of the above? Read on to find out!

Who has the highest GMAT score in the world?

I was also very curious about this question. My initial guess was–surprise, surprise–the U.S.! But before I got too carried away, our designer Mark used the GMAC’s Citizenship Report for 2014 to put together an interactive map that solved the mystery.

Scroll over the map below to see if your guess was also wrong or right! You’ll find information on the average GMAT score for each country, the average age of all test takers in that country, and the total number of people in that country who took the GMAT in 2014.

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Countries with the highest and lowest GMAT test scores

And the award for highest GMAT score in the world goes to…New Zealand! The same land that gave us Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit takes the crown when it comes to GMAT scores. With a whopping average score of 608, New Zealand was also one of the only 3 other nations that broke the 600 score range (Australia and Singapore are in that group as well, with average scores of 605 and 603 respectively).

Bringing in the rear with the lowest GMAT scores in the world, we find Sierra Leone with 317, the Republic of Congo with 314, and Saudi Arabia with 307.

My pick for highest score, the United States, came in at 47th place on the list with an average score of 537. So my prediction was so very wrong–but that’s alright, America. There’s always 2015!

What does your country’s average GMAT score mean?

So what should we do with all this information? Well for starters, is anyone in favor of moving to New Zealand with me? We’d improve our GMAT scores and enjoy living among lots of sheep.

But on a more serious note, it’s hard to say exactly how much we can conclude about a country’s academic level based on this average test score data. For one, some of the disparity in scores can be explained by the differing cultural views of standardized tests which we’d find in each country. In the U.S., for example, many approach the GMAT as a sort of decision maker–they take the exam in an effort to figure out of business school is really right for them. But in another country, the approach to the GMAT would be very different. Especially since many top ranked b-schools are in the U.S., test takers from other countries would likely be the cream of the crop in their countries. They would have already committed to a b-school track and would be taking the test to compete for a spot at a top ranked U.S. school.

Another explanation for this test score disparity is that each country also differs in its ability to provide a climate conducive to higher education and effective test preparation. So one could argue that a better and fairer method of comparing GMAT scores around the world would involve bracketing test scores from countries that have similar resources and environments and then determining the highest and lowest scoring nations in those brackets. That way, we’d be able to make more accurate statements about the academic level of people in a given nation.

But until then, congrats, New Zealand!

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If you’ve got any thoughts on this GMAT test score distribution, or if have predictions about how things might change in 2015, please leave us a comment below!


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9 Responses to Highest GMAT Score in the World

  1. Mohammad Mazharul Haque December 28, 2015 at 2:20 am #

    Dear Sir,

    Good day! I am a Bangladeshi student. I want to appear in GMAT exam in next May-June 2016. What is the highest GMAT score up-to 2015 in the world, Bangladesh, India, and South Asia? What are main causes of scoring too high? How to prepare for this type of highest score? Please give me some guidelines on text books, video clips, suggestions, techniques, reading method and hours, tuition provider. If possible, please give your and highest scoring student contact details.

    I am now waiting for your kind reply.

    Kind regards,
    Mohammad Mazharul Haque

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 2, 2016 at 1:55 am #

      Hi Mohammad,

      Sorry to answer you so late! Since you are preparing for an exam in May/June, I hope that this response will still be valuable to you. You can check out the full 2014 data from the GMAC website here. In Bangladesh in 2014, the average GMAT score was a 477 and the average score in India, by contrast, was a 576. I don’t have access to specific data regarding the stats you mention (like the highest score in Bangladesh), but the GMAT is on a 200-800 scale, so I can guarantee there are people in the world scoring 800.

      Your question “what are the main causes of scoring too high?” makes it sound like achieving a high score is not a good thing, but I don’t think anyone laments a high score! The best way to score high is to cultivate your basic skills thoroughly and learn to think like a test maker. The GMAT is about proving your aptitude for a high level business program, so you want to make it clear that you belong in one of those programs. This means thinking logically, filtering our irrelevant information, focusing on core elements of text, etc.

      As for what resources and programs you should use, of course we would love students to use Magoosh materials and work with the tutors! The ultimate decision regarding what to use as you prepare should be a combination of things that fit your budget, materials that cover topics you need the most work on, and platforms you are comfortable using. We always recommend using official materials to prepare for any standardized test, so Official Guides should be a key component of your preparation. Outside that, we have some book reviews you may like to read. Other, independent sites, like GMAT Club or Beat the GMAT have many students who may offer some great recommendations, too.

      While I cannot put you in direct contact with any of our students, you can check out some testimonials and our student blog posts from students who did well and had unique experiences.

      I hope that helps! 🙂

  2. Carlos August 10, 2015 at 2:37 pm #

    Just lo let you know that the link to “GMAC’s Citizenship Report for 2014” is broken

    • Jessica Wan August 10, 2015 at 2:46 pm #

      Hey Carlos!

      Thanks for pointing that out! We fixed the link.


  3. shiva June 3, 2015 at 4:13 am #

    Calculation should show the actual competence of the country.If only one person from a country participated,will you take that as an average for the country ? Selection criteria should be different.
    For example, make a benchmark say 700, count how many number of students got these marks country wise.The highest number country should top..

  4. Akarsh Mohan April 5, 2015 at 9:06 pm #

    Interesting article, but I’d like to point out that maybe the No. of test takers is an important factor in determining..If you have alot of ppl taking the test, that ‘test pool’ would be more likely to include students with varying degrees of expertise and aptitude as far as taking the test is considered..NZ had only 147 test takers!!!!! This is I suppose similiar but different in a subtle way to the last point you made…

    • Ronke April 6, 2015 at 4:21 pm #

      Hi Akarsh,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

      You’re correct–a country with more test takers would show a lot more variance in scores and that would affect the overall average score. On the other hand, a country with fewer test takers would be much less affected by that kind of variance–if most of those few test takers scored well, then the average score for that country would be high overall, and if most of the few test takers scored on the lower end, then the average score would also reflect that low score.

      So, this is definitely another reason why you can take this data with a grain of salt. Let’s just say that New Zealand wears the crown–kind of, for now. 🙂

      Thanks again for adding this great point!

  5. Rachel April 2, 2015 at 3:10 pm #

    I love this!

    • Ronke April 6, 2015 at 4:21 pm #

      Glad to hear it, Rachel! 🙂

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