How to Calculate GMAT Scores

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Need to calculate a potential GMAT score from a practice test? Are you looking to retake the GMAT and wondering what score to aspire to? When you take the official GMAT, you’ll see your sectional and overall scores immediately.

But what should you do if you’re taking a practice test at home? How can you calculate your GMAT score?

Magoosh has the only GMAT score calculator you need! First, enter your Verbal and Quant scores in the calculator below.


 
Then, read on for more about how your GMAT score is calculated, what your quant score and verbal score mean, how business schools use the GMAT test, and more!

 

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How does GMAT scoring work?

On the GMAT, you’ll answer questions in four sections: Verbal, Quantitative, Integrated Reasoning, and the AWA.

The number of questions you answered correctly in Verbal and Quant are then turned into a score of 0-60 in each section.

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Finally, these 0-60 scores are combined and scaled to give you your overall score on a 200-800 scale.

In other words, the “total” GMAT score report only combines your Verbal and Quantitative section scores, but doesn’t take your IR or AWA scores into account. Remember this key fact as we take a closer look at GMAT scoring, because you’re going to see a lot of different score types!
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GMAT Score Calculator


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How accurate is this GMAT score calculator?

The GMAC is very tight-lipped about their scoring algorithm.

However, we’ve taken a look at our previous students’ scores and have found that this app calculated GMAT scores with reasonable accuracy on the 200-800-scale. This GMAT score calculator is not a perfect predictor, but it is a pretty good estimator.

Remember, your score may vary depending on which GMAT (or GMAT practice test) you take.
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GMAT Score Chart

If you want to take a closer look at how we’ve predicted the 0-60 sectional scores to an overall, 200-800 point GMAT score, here’s a handy table you can review!

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3120%480490500500510520530530540550560560570580
3222%480490500500510520530530540550560560570580
3325%500500510520530530540550560560570580580580
3426%500510520530530540550560560570580580590600
3528%510520530530540550560560570580580590600600
3631%520530530540550560550570580580590600610610
3734%530530540550560560570580580590600610610620
3836%530540550560560570580580590600610610620640
3937%540550560560570580580590600610610620630640
4041%550560560570580580590600610610620630640640
4143%560560570580580590600610610610620640640650
4245%560550580580590600610610620630640640650650
4350%570580580590600610610610630640640650660670
4452%580580590600610610620630640640650660670680
4557%580590600610610620630640640650660670670680
4660%590600610610620630640640650660670670680690
4763%600610610620630640640650650660670680690690
4869%610610620630640640650660670680680690690700
4975%610620630640640650660670670680690690700710
5086%620630640640650660670670680690690710710720
5196%630640640650660670670680690690700710720720

 

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Q%89%91%94%96%96%98%99%99%99%99%99%99%99%
3019%580580590600610610620630640640650660670
3120%580590600610610620630640640650660670670
3222%590600610610620630640640650660670670680
3325%600610610620630640640650660670670680690
3426%610610620630640640650660670670680690690
3528%610620630640640650660670670680690690700
3631%620630640640650660670670680690690700710
3734%630640640650660670670680690690700710720
3836%640640650660670670680690690700710720720
3937%640650660670670680690690700710720720730
4041%650660670680680690690700710720720730740
4143%660670670680690690700710720720730740750
4245%670670680680690700710710720730740750750
4350%670680690690700710720720730740750750760
4452%680690690700710720720730740750750760770
4557%690690700710720720730740740750760770780
4660%690700710720720730740750750760770780780
4763%700710720720730740750750760770780780790
4869%710710720740740750750760760780780790800
4975%720730740740750750760770780780780780800
5086%720730740750750760770770780790800800800
5196%730740750750760770780780790800800800800

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How do I read the GMAT score chart?

Use this chart to find out how your section scores create your overall score. This way, you can see what score you need in each section to calculate your dream GMAT score.

For example, different combinations of Verbal and Quant scores can be mixed to get you an overall score of 700–see what section you’re strongest in and aim to boost your score as much as possible in this area to get the overall score you want.

With that said, Verbal scores do “count” for slightly more of the overall score (GMAT test-takers tend to be stronger in Quant), so work on boosting your score in this area to get the strongest possible overall score!
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What are the percentiles along the rows and columns?

Since high Verbal scores “count” for slightly more than a high Quant score, a Verbal subscore of 40 would be in the 90th percentile, definitely in the top 10%. By contrast, a Quant subscore of 40 would be only the 39th percentile, not even in the top 50%!

The two subscores are definitely not equivalent.

This in part reflects a vast asymmetry in the GMAT test-taking pool: many more GMAT takers in an international market excel in math and struggle in verbal, so commanding performances in math are reasonably common, whereas commanding performances in verbal are less frequent.

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To see how your total score translates to your GMAT percentile, check out our article on calculating GMAT percentiles.
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Should I retake the GMAT?

We have a few thoughts taking the GMAT again that can help you figure out whether to retake the exam—and help you ace the GMAT the next time around if you do. Business school admission is a competitive process; in order to compete well with the pool of applicants you will be up against, scoring above 600 will help your chances.

Try not to stress!

For more resources, I would recommend reading these following sites:

I’d love to hear what you think about this topic and our GMAT score calculator. Feel free to leave a comment below!

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