How to Calculate GMAT Scores

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Need a GMAT score calculator to determine 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 test 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 the GMAT scoring system works, 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 is 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 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 score, here’s a handy table you can review!

V 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Q % 40% 44% 47% 52% 57% 59% 62% 66% 69% 71% 76% 81% 83% 85%
30 19% 470 480 490 500 500 510 520 530 530 540 550 560 560 570
31 20% 480 490 500 500 510 520 530 530 540 550 560 560 570 580
32 22% 480 490 500 500 510 520 530 530 540 550 560 560 570 580
33 25% 500 500 510 520 530 530 540 550 560 560 570 580 580 580
34 26% 500 510 520 530 530 540 550 560 560 570 580 580 590 600
35 28% 510 520 530 530 540 550 560 560 570 580 580 590 600 600
36 31% 520 530 530 540 550 560 550 570 580 580 590 600 610 610
37 34% 530 530 540 550 560 560 570 580 580 590 600 610 610 620
38 36% 530 540 550 560 560 570 580 580 590 600 610 610 620 640
39 37% 540 550 560 560 570 580 580 590 600 610 610 620 630 640
40 41% 550 560 560 570 580 580 590 600 610 610 620 630 640 640
41 43% 560 560 570 580 580 590 600 610 610 610 620 640 640 650
42 45% 560 550 580 580 590 600 610 610 620 630 640 640 650 650
43 50% 570 580 580 590 600 610 610 610 630 640 640 650 660 670
44 52% 580 580 590 600 610 610 620 630 640 640 650 660 670 680
45 57% 580 590 600 610 610 620 630 640 640 650 660 670 670 680
46 60% 590 600 610 610 620 630 640 640 650 660 670 670 680 690
47 63% 600 610 610 620 630 640 640 650 650 660 670 680 690 690
48 69% 610 610 620 630 640 640 650 660 670 680 680 690 690 700
49 75% 610 620 630 640 640 650 660 670 670 680 690 690 700 710
50 86% 620 630 640 640 650 660 670 670 680 690 690 710 710 720
51 96% 630 640 640 650 660 670 670 680 690 690 700 710 720 720

 

V 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51
Q % 89% 91% 94% 96% 96% 98% 99% 99% 99% 99% 99% 99% 99%
30 19% 580 580 590 600 610 610 620 630 640 640 650 660 670
31 20% 580 590 600 610 610 620 630 640 640 650 660 670 670
32 22% 590 600 610 610 620 630 640 640 650 660 670 670 680
33 25% 600 610 610 620 630 640 640 650 660 670 670 680 690
34 26% 610 610 620 630 640 640 650 660 670 670 680 690 690
35 28% 610 620 630 640 640 650 660 670 670 680 690 690 700
36 31% 620 630 640 640 650 660 670 670 680 690 690 700 710
37 34% 630 640 640 650 660 670 670 680 690 690 700 710 720
38 36% 640 640 650 660 670 670 680 690 690 700 710 720 720
39 37% 640 650 660 670 670 680 690 690 700 710 720 720 730
40 41% 650 660 670 680 680 690 690 700 710 720 720 730 740
41 43% 660 670 670 680 690 690 700 710 720 720 730 740 750
42 45% 670 670 680 680 690 700 710 710 720 730 740 750 750
43 50% 670 680 690 690 700 710 720 720 730 740 750 750 760
44 52% 680 690 690 700 710 720 720 730 740 750 750 760 770
45 57% 690 690 700 710 720 720 730 740 740 750 760 770 780
46 60% 690 700 710 720 720 730 740 750 750 760 770 780 780
47 63% 700 710 720 720 730 740 750 750 760 770 780 780 790
48 69% 710 710 720 740 740 750 750 760 760 780 780 790 800
49 75% 720 730 740 740 750 750 760 770 780 780 780 780 800
50 86% 720 730 740 750 750 760 770 770 780 790 800 800 800
51 96% 730 740 750 750 760 770 780 780 790 800 800 800 800

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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 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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208 Responses to How to Calculate GMAT Scores

  1. Gatsby September 19, 2019 at 2:36 am #

    hi!
    Currently I am preparing for IELTS exam. So, should I finishe it first or is it posssible to prepare for GMAT at the same time. Can you give some advise? Thank you in advance!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 24, 2020 at 1:50 pm #

      Hi there,

      We generally recommend that students study for one test at a time. This allows you to focus on one test at a time, which is key because the strategies and concepts are very different between the two exams. However, we realize that some schedules do not allow for this, in which case we recommend that you start with concepts that are similar across exams. So, for example, you might start by studying for GMAT reading comprehension, because some of those skills cross between exams.

  2. Prathyusha August 30, 2019 at 7:21 am #

    Hello Sir/Ma,am,

    I am currently preparing for the GMAT on my own, and am not attending any coaching or outside help, because i am taking coaching for the CAT exam already.
    My gmat is in less than 2 weeks and i cant figure out a way to get my verbal score up!
    I have been tracking my progress through a set of full length mocks i purchased online from Experts Global, which i have found to be quite useful as their tests are apparently the closest to the actual GMAT.
    As of today, my score on the mock i just wrote was

    Q48 V31, with an overall score of 650.

    Clearly, my approach is quant based and i will try my best to aim for a better or atleast equal quant score, but my verbal score has been around the 31-34 range in the past few mocks i have written.
    Can you please suggest a way to quickly improve my verbal score?
    The exam date is approaching and i am, needless to say, panicking.
    Please help

    Thank you for your time and patience.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 24, 2020 at 1:36 pm #

      To improve your verbal score, I cannot stress enough how important it is to read as MUCH as possible. This will improve your knowledge of vocabulary in context as well as your comprehension. As you read, make flashcards of the vocabulary words that you don’t know. Pause every so often, and recap the main message in your own words. Here are some suggested reading materials:
      GMAT Reading Practice: What to Read

      As you read, you should do several things:
      Understand the article, such that you could answer questions about it
      Look up any words that you don’t know
      Note grammatical structures that seem unfamiliar to you
      Notice, in opinion pieces, how the argument is constructed

      I also recommend that you take a look at our idiom flashcards. Together with that high-level reading practice, they’re fantastic tools for bringing up your verbal score. 🙂

  3. Priya July 30, 2019 at 5:05 am #

    Can you please include-NUMBER OF CORRECT ANSWERS for Verbal??
    Its very difficult to calculate otherwise.
    Thanks in advance!!

    • David Recine
      David Recine August 13, 2019 at 11:32 am #

      I’ve actually wondered about that in the past myself. I’ll check in with our editors and see if we can add a Verbal table that’s like our Quant table. Thanks for bringing this up!

      • Priya December 23, 2019 at 3:29 am #

        Yes please 🙂

        • David Recine
          David Recine February 11, 2020 at 3:59 pm #

          Hi Priya,

          Sorry for my delayed reponse. Several comments in December seem to have gotten lost in our system, so I’ve only been able to reply to them just now. I talked to my editors, and as you can see above, we actually took the opposite approach– we got rid of the Quant table rather than adding a Verbal table. Unfortunately, we realized that under current GMAT score algorithms, there really isn’t a very reliable way to convert raw scores to scaled scores for either Verbal or Quant. If that changes, we’ll likely put up some new tables in this article. 🙂

  4. Aditi October 28, 2018 at 3:48 am #

    I have got this score in my first gmat mock ,
    Q:24/31
    V:23/36
    can you pls help me with the actual score out of 51?

    • Stephanie March 14, 2020 at 1:19 am #

      Hi,

      I received a 760 with a Q49 (74th) and V47 (99th) but according to your chart I should have gotten a 780 with those scaled scores. Do you know what explains the difference?

      • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
        Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 24, 2020 at 7:39 pm #

        Hi Stephanie!

        This is an awesome question.

        Sadly, the GMAT is not very transparent about the way that scores are adjusted or calculated. We have found that this score conversion chart is accurate for most people but it is still an estimate and it won’t be accurate for all tests. It’s possible that this difference is because of “weight” put on certain questions or certain groups of questions on the test that you took.

        I’m sorry we can’t be of more help!

  5. Christina September 2, 2018 at 1:15 pm #

    Do schools combine best Q and V scores from several tests in order to get the best overall score, or do they only look at overall score determined by GMAC?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 21, 2018 at 12:33 pm #

      Hi Christina,

      This will depend on the school and what philosophy they use when analyzing scores from multiple GMAT exams. I would recommend that you reach out to the admissions counselors for your target schools for some more information about how they treat GMAT scores 🙂

  6. SATYAM August 27, 2018 at 11:03 am #

    Is 200 is the starting marks of gmat
    And if i cancel the score what is the gmat retaking fees is

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert August 28, 2018 at 10:44 am #

      Hi Satyam,

      Yes, the lowest possible GMAT score is a 200.

      If you cancel the score or re-take the test after receiving the scores, you have to pay the full $250 registration fee to take the test again. If you reschedule your test at least 7 days before the test date, you only have to pay $50 to reschedule the test. You can see a full breakdown of costs associated with the GMAT here: https://magoosh.com/gmat/2017/how-much-does-the-gmat-cost/

  7. Ask1 May 9, 2018 at 9:36 am #

    Hi there!

    Kindly help me with this concern Im bringing to your notice!

    I took the Official GMAT Prep Test 1 in April before the changes took place. My attempt was raw and I scored a 640 (Q48, V29). This was also in accordance with the table. Just for the record, I had 14/37 incorrect in Q and 20/41 incorrect in V.

    Practiced a bit on my English and Math as well. Took the all new Official GMAT Prep Test 1. Thankfully I felt only 20% of it was repeated. This time I scored a 710 (Q50, V35). However when I checked the Magoosh table above, a Q50, V35 corresponded only to a 690! How is that even possible? A 20 point deviation? Again for the record, I had 9/31 incorrect in Q and 9/36 incorrect in V.

    While I can safely assume that 690-710 is my range based on the tests that I took prior to this (Kaplan 710 and Veritas 690), I dont want to feel that this was easy/inconclusive.

    So does this mean the above table has to be adjusted? Becuase even an internal rounding should take 690 to a 700 and not 710.

    Kindly provide insight on the same!

    Regards

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 11, 2018 at 12:22 pm #

      Hi there,

      The GMAT is not very transparent about how they determine the scores, unfortunately. We have found that this score conversion chart is accurate for most people but it is still an estimate and it won’t be accurate for all tests. Keep in mind that Kaplan and Veritas are in the same situation and must estimate scores based on the limited information available to them. There are a few things that might be going on here. One is that this chart is not accurate for your particular test and your actual scale score would be higher. Another is that the OG test is more difficult than the Kaplan and Veritas tests (something that we see pretty often). I’m sorry that you feel that this chart wasn’t an accurate depiction of your test score, but keep in mind that you should look at your scores holistically. If you are averaging above a 700, then that is a good indication of how you will perform on the actual test!

  8. Ellen March 29, 2018 at 2:02 am #

    I just practices a GMAT practice test on Magoosh and had V31, Q38, which gave me a score of 570, while following the table above that should have been a score of 580. Could you please explain this to me?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 30, 2018 at 3:47 pm #

      Hi Ellen,

      I forwarded your question on to our team of tutors so that they can take a closer look at your exam scores and give you a more personalized response! You should hear from someone shortly (just a heads up, you’ll get a response in a separate email). Just a quick reminder: as Premium student, you can always send us an email at help@magoosh.com and get a quicker, more personalized response 🙂

  9. Bill March 23, 2018 at 8:45 am #

    Hi there,

    I cant seem to understand somthing, how can a 45/60 in Q and 33/60in V with a 72% overall corect translate in 640 and then with 55% overall correct (47/60 in Q and 36/60 in V) score 680. these are my personal scores. What am i missing, does that mean that % of correct dosent matter and only percentile matters?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 23, 2018 at 9:18 am #

      That does sound confusing. Sadly, the GMAT is not very transparent about the way that scores are adjusted from the initial percentage accuracy that you get on test day. It’s possible that this difference is because of very different “weight” put on certain questions or certain groups of questions in the two tests you took. However, that really is an extreme split. You may want to contact GMAT customer service and ask them about this, since there is at least some chance that there could be an error in one of your score reports.

  10. João March 20, 2018 at 10:51 am #

    Hi! I will have my GMAT exam next month. I have a question which i think no one asked yet.

    Giving the fact that I will know my GMAT score (excluding essays) on the very day of my exam, can I use those results to make my admission to the university I want or do I need to wait the approximately 20 calendar days?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert March 21, 2018 at 10:31 am #

      HI Joao,

      The score that you receive at the test center is your “unofficial” score report and won’t be valid for schools. You will need to send your official scores to your target schools through the official GMAT website. You can send up to five official score reports to schools for free, and must pay for the rest. Unfortunately, you will have to wait until those official results are released 🙂

  11. Nichole February 10, 2018 at 9:24 am #

    I am confused about the scoring on the gmat. I took a practice exam through princeton review. For my verbal raw score I got 34 questions correct but my score was a 38. For the quant. section I received a 39 but a raw score of 27 questions correct. Using your chart my score should have been higher. Does this have to do with the experimental questions?

    Thank you!

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 10, 2018 at 10:15 am #

      Hi Nichole,

      Without looking at the same detailed Princeton Review score report you got, it’s hard to say exactl what happened there. And even if I could see the PR practice GMAT report you received, it still might b hard to say why Princeton’s conversions are different than the ones on this page. Ultimately, every unofficial GMAT Prep service uses its own algorithm. We all try to match the real GMAT score conversion system as closely as possible. But since the official algorithms are a secret, every test prep provider imitates them in different ways. As a result, different companies will have different raw-to-scaled conversions on their practice tests. In this case, I recommend contacting Princeton Review directly with your question. They are the most likely to have a good answer for you.

  12. Rob Currie January 2, 2018 at 3:30 pm #

    I’m trying to understand something. My score was 640, 42 in quant and 35 in verbal. My score report says that 42 in quant is in the 45% but that doesn’t make sense with everything else I’m seeing. Am I missing something?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 4, 2018 at 12:48 pm #

      Hi Rob,

      It’s hard to tell without seeing the score report document, but a 42 in quant should definitely be above a 45%. Can you double-check to make sure that the 45% wasn’t for the verbal section? The score of 35 roughly corresponds to a 45th percentile in verbal.


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