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GMAT Scores - Everything You Wanted to Know About GMAT Scores and Score Reports
Average gmat score, canceling gmat scores, reporting to schools, strategies and fallacies with score reports
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Combined, Quant, and Verbal Scores (Updated July 2013)

Integrated Reasoning and AWA Scores (Updated July 2013)

Combined, Quant, and Verbal Scores (Updated 2012)

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Combined, Quant, and Verbal Scores (Updated 2011)

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Are the scores changing? (increasing or decreasing?)
What is the highest GMAT Score someone from GMAT Club received?
Does Stanford really rejects all applicants with 800?
Has anyone scored 800?
Fake Perfect 800 Score debrief (Very Fascinating)

How and When do you find out your GMAT scores?
Your Total GMAT score will be displayed at the end of your test (You will be given an option to cancel your score before it is displayed, not after). You will also receive a printout with your scores and percentiles at the test center (unofficial score report). Your AWA score will not be available for up to 20 days. You can receive your official scores by mail or electronically. The electronic option is faster and more convenient.

What is the relationship between Section (Raw) Scores and GMAT Score?
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How to report/send GMAT score reports to schools?
At the beginning of the test, you will be given an option to send your score reports to up to 5 schools. It takes 20 days after the test for the reports to reach the schools. This service is included in the $250 test fee. You can request to send reports to additional schools, and that can be done here. Note that it will cost you$28 per report/school. Additional reports take 7 days to reach schools after the date the scores are reportable. (This means that even if you order reports the day after you take the test, they will only reach schools 27 days after the test date). You can access your GMAT Score Reports online here.

Note: Also, schools have an option to receive the digital photo of you taken at the testing center - therefore, you need to be at least somewhat presentable. Thanks to Vixer for the tip!

What information appears on my GMAT Score report?
Test-taker's copy of the score report (electronic or paper) will contain your demographics information, self-reported GPA and undergrad information, list of up to 5 schools you sent your scores to (this is visible only to you) and 5 of the last gmat scores taken in the past 5 years. Note that even if you cancel your score (more about that later), a record will still appear on your report indicating the date of the test taken and a canceled score.

Here is a sample:

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What information is available to business schools on GMAT Score reports?
This is a very interesting part that many test takers do not realize - the score report sent to schools is very different from what you receive.
In addition to all of the information available to you (except list of schools score reports were sent to), Admissions Committee will also receive:
• Your entire GMAT History for the past 5 years (not just the last 5 GMAT scores as appear on the test-taker's report). Some people have been "hiding" poor scores by taking gmat over and over and GMAC has changed their rules as the result. The cut off period is still 5 years.
• Your full AWA essays - make sure you are actually writing something intelligent. If your admissions essays ever become a question, they may be compared to your AWA essays to determine legitimacy.

What are the average GMAT Scores at various business schools? How competitive is GMAT Score?
US Top 50 MBA Programs
Global Top 20 MBA Programs

I can cancel a GMAT Score? Great!
Not really. You do have an option at the end of the test to cancel your test score - it appears before your gmat score is displayed. If you cancel, your GMAT score will never be displayed and will be deleted without any way to recover it. Once you move past that screen and actually see your GMAT score, you will not be able to cancel the score. The main reason for this feature is to allow for extra ordinary circumstance (you got into a car accident on the way to the test center or had a nervous breakdown or really did not do well). However, it is never a good idea to cancel your GMAT score and here is why:
• Most/all schools only take into consideration the highest gmat score
• It is impossible to predict your performance based on your impression of the test. Technically, you should be challenged with every question, but experimental questions and varying question difficulty make it very hard to gauge your performance. I felt I did not do so well on my GMAT but ended up with 750m, which was way beyond expectations
• Getting an official score is very useful since it is the only "true" measurement of your performance, no matter how bad it may be.
• Thinking that canceling a score is an option may prevent you from putting 100% of the effort - do not give up under any circumstances - fight for every question and every point - that's the only way to approach GMAT and canceling a score is not an option!

What is the best way to estimate my GMAT score?
- GMAT Prep - GMAC's official practice test software (free) includes 2 GMAT tests with retired GMAT questions. It is by far the most reliable and effective way to estimate your GMAT score. It only comes with 2 tests, but the software can be reinstalled and since the question bank is large enough, you can actually take 4 tests without seeing many repeats. More about that here: gmatprep-gmat-prep-powerprep-power-prep-free-tests-77548.html
- GMAT Score Estimator/Calculator - you can use multiple test parameters to estimate your final GMAT performance. The estimator works based on 400+ test taker results.

GMAT Score Report Fallacies & Myths
There are several GMAT Reporting fallacies worth mentioning - let me know if you know others or disagree. Most of the trickery does not add any value but only wastes money.
1. Some will not send their score reports to schools until they are actually satisfied with their GMAT Score, so applicants would not request any reports at the test but only after they have seen the score. Though logical, this is not recommended. With the cost of $28 per score report, you are wasting anything between$28 and $140. Schools only use the highest of gmat scores. One way or another they will see that 450, if that's what you are concerned with. 2. Applicants who are somewhat happy with scores (600-700) but want to retake (usually for 700+), will actually order a report to send to a school before retaking, just in case they score lower on the retake (which is somewhat common unfortunately). Again, most of the time it just wastes money. Schools don't care if you score less on the second attempt. Pathfinder is a good example - he got into Wharton with 720 (first GMAT score) and 690 (retake) on his score report. - [Reveal] Spoiler: Attachment: awa_web_2010_2011.ashx.png [ 5.06 KiB | Viewed 196784 times ] Attachment: verbal_quant_web_2010_2011.ashx.png [ 21 KiB | Viewed 216084 times ] Attachment: totalscore_web_2010_2011.ashx.png [ 12.96 KiB | Viewed 213365 times ] GMAT Scores Overview: TotalQuantVerbalAWA Min200000 50th Percentile54037284.5 Max80051*51*6.0 Percentile Distribution Attachment: Total.pdf [39.57 KiB] Downloaded 3274 times  To download please login or register as a user Attachment: Quant.pdf [39.26 KiB] Downloaded 3867 times  To download please login or register as a user Attachment: Verbal.pdf [38.15 KiB] Downloaded 2912 times  To download please login or register as a user Attachment: AWA.pdf [37.2 KiB] Downloaded 1248 times  To download please login or register as a user *Technically the highest score on Quantitative and Verbal sections is 60, but nobody has ever scored more than 51, and therefore 51 is the highest possible. 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Updated Scores with the latest percentiles; IR Scores  Kaplan GMAT Prep Discount Codes Knewton GMAT Discount Codes Veritas Prep GMAT Discount Codes Director Joined: 27 Jun 2008 Posts: 549 WE 1: Investment Banking - 6yrs Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 42 [1] , given: 92 Re: GMAT Score - Guide to GMAT Scores & Score Reports [#permalink] 14 Sep 2009, 03:20 1 This post received KUDOS Perfect. Thanks - like always! Manager Joined: 22 Jul 2009 Posts: 192 Followers: 3 Kudos [?]: 166 [0], given: 18 Re: GMAT Score - Guide to GMAT Scores & Score Reports [#permalink] 15 Sep 2009, 13:49 Great post. Would have saved me lots of research/time if it would have been posted months ago. _________________ Please kudos if my post helps. Intern Joined: 16 Sep 2009 Posts: 1 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 2 How early is too early to send scores? [#permalink] 16 Sep 2009, 16:24 I have some free time on my hands before I start work and plan to take the GMAT. To utilize the 5 free scores, I would have to send them when I plan to take the test (in about a month). I don't plan on applying to B Schools for at least 3-4 years. How early is too early to send scores? Will they just open a file for me upon receiving them and wait for the rest of the application? GMAT Forum Moderator Status: Accepting donations for the mohater MBA fund Joined: 05 Feb 2008 Posts: 1860 Location: United States Concentration: Healthcare, Economics Schools: Ross '14 (M) GMAT 1: 710 Q48 V38 GMAT 2: Q V GPA: 3.54 WE: Accounting (Manufacturing) Followers: 48 Kudos [?]: 344 [1] , given: 234 Re: How early is too early to send scores? [#permalink] 16 Sep 2009, 17:19 1 This post received KUDOS IntegerP wrote: I have some free time on my hands before I start work and plan to take the GMAT. To utilize the 5 free scores, I would have to send them when I plan to take the test (in about a month). I don't plan on applying to B Schools for at least 3-4 years. How early is too early to send scores? Will they just open a file for me upon receiving them and wait for the rest of the application? There is not such thing as too early as long as you are within the valid score window. If the school thinks it wants you, you'll begin receiving thing in the mail from the school advising you to apply, otherwise your score sits dormant waiting for your application. _________________ Strategy Discussion Thread | Strategy Master | GMAT Debrief| Please discuss strategies in discussion thread. Master thread will be updated accordingly. | GC Member Write Ups Founder Affiliations: UA-1K, SPG-G, HH-D Joined: 04 Dec 2002 Posts: 11669 Location: United States (WA) GMAT 1: 750 Q49 V42 GPA: 3.5 WE: Information Technology (Hospitality and Tourism) Followers: 1923 Kudos [?]: 6187 [2] , given: 3514 Re: How early is too early to send scores? [#permalink] 17 Sep 2009, 08:58 2 This post received KUDOS Expert's post IntegerP wrote: I have some free time on my hands before I start work and plan to take the GMAT. To utilize the 5 free scores, I would have to send them when I plan to take the test (in about a month). I don't plan on applying to B Schools for at least 3-4 years. How early is too early to send scores? Will they just open a file for me upon receiving them and wait for the rest of the application? I always thought that you had to send your scores the year of application (I may be wrong) but I would bet you can't let your scores sit for 3-4 years. My understanding is that schools clear their physical and electronic files each year. _________________ Founder of GMAT Club Just starting out with GMAT? Start here... | Want to know your GMAT Score? Try GMAT Score Estimator Need GMAT Book Recommendations? Best GMAT Books Co-author of the GMAT Club tests Have a blog? Feature it on GMAT Club! GMAT Forum Moderator Status: Accepting donations for the mohater MBA fund Joined: 05 Feb 2008 Posts: 1860 Location: United States Concentration: Healthcare, Economics Schools: Ross '14 (M) GMAT 1: 710 Q48 V38 GMAT 2: Q V GPA: 3.54 WE: Accounting (Manufacturing) Followers: 48 Kudos [?]: 344 [1] , given: 234 Re: How early is too early to send scores? [#permalink] 17 Sep 2009, 09:22 1 This post received KUDOS bb wrote: I always thought that you had to send your scores the year of application (I may be wrong) but I would bet you can't let your scores sit for 3-4 years. My understanding is that schools clear their physical and electronic files each year. That may be true, but your score is valid for 5 years. If the school claims it does not have your score, you can contact the GMAC and the person you speak to can check the submission file to ensure your score was submitted to said school. (I had to do this once when a school claimed it did not receive my score) http://www.mba.com/mba/thegmat Quote: How long are GMAT® scores valid? Your GMAT score is valid for five years, so you have the flexibility of “banking it”—choosing to start your graduate studies right after university or later on. Remember, if at first you don’t succeed, you can take the GMAT exam again. Remember, though, that all of your GMAT scores from the past 5 years will appear on your Official Score Report. _________________ Strategy Discussion Thread | Strategy Master | GMAT Debrief| Please discuss strategies in discussion thread. Master thread will be updated accordingly. | GC Member Write Ups Manager Joined: 05 Jun 2009 Posts: 77 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 2 [0], given: 1 Re: GMAT Score - Guide to GMAT Scores & Score Reports [#permalink] 17 Sep 2009, 09:32 thank you! Intern Joined: 19 Aug 2009 Posts: 16 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 1 [0], given: 3 Re: How early is too early to send scores? [#permalink] 25 Sep 2009, 11:21 mohater wrote: There is not such thing as too early as long as you are within the valid score window. If the school thinks it wants you, you'll begin receiving thing in the mail from the school advising you to apply, otherwise your score sits dormant waiting for your application. Is there a point for me to send a score to a school that I have not decided to apply for? I have a similar dilemma. I don't expect to apply for B-school for at least 3 years, but am taking the GMAT in a few months. Should I send my score to schools that I *anticipate* applying for or just leave it for later? I'm thinking that the best course of action is to send some of my scores to schools that I would consider but are not my dream schools - and during the actual process re-submit to the ones I apply for at$28 a pop. This gives me a bit of a buffer in case things don't turn out really well on test day.

Can anyone provide some more information on their experiences with this, if they've gone through the same? I wonder if schools would start sending solicitations if the score you submitted was very high.

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Re: How early is too early to send scores? [#permalink]  25 Sep 2009, 11:52
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Is there a point for me to send a score to a school that I have not decided to apply for? I have a similar dilemma. I don't expect to apply for B-school for at least 3 years, but am taking the GMAT in a few months. Should I send my score to schools that I *anticipate* applying for or just leave it for later?

I'm thinking that the best course of action is to send some of my scores to schools that I would consider but are not my dream schools - and during the actual process re-submit to the ones I apply for at $28 a pop. This gives me a bit of a buffer in case things don't turn out really well on test day. Can anyone provide some more information on their experiences with this, if they've gone through the same? I wonder if schools would start sending solicitations if the score you submitted was very high. Thanks for the help! There is a limited window for the "free" submission of scores. You should take advantage of this as even if the schools clear their records, you can request the GMAC re-submit your score to the school (you're already paid for the school to have that score, you don't have to pay for it again). No matter what, when you apply the school will receive ALL your scores. The schools can also "see" score cancellations. There is no real buffer the way you have it defined above. The only thing you're doing is donating more money to the GMAC by giving the group$28 per score submission three years from now.

Use your five schools when you take the GMAT. The schools won't look at your score UNLESS the school REALLY wants you to apply. If said school really wants you to apply, you'll start receiving stuff through the mail from the school. Otherwise, the score just sits in the submission file waiting to be tacked to an app.
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Re: GMAT Score - Guide to GMAT Scores & Score Reports [#permalink]  29 Sep 2009, 09:16
Good post. I like the Score rubric. Pretty helpful. Saved me a lot of time. Thanks. you guys are just great.
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Re: GMAT Score - Guide to GMAT Scores & Score Reports [#permalink]  05 Oct 2009, 13:56
I just gave Kaplan CAT and got 52 on my Math score. Is it possible?
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Re: GMAT Score - Guide to GMAT Scores & Score Reports [#permalink]  05 Oct 2009, 13:58
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I just gave Kaplan CAT and got 52 on my Math score. Is it possible?

1. Congratulations!!! 52 on Kaplan is very impressive
2. No, on the real GMAT 52 is not possible
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Re: GMAT Score - Guide to GMAT Scores & Score Reports [#permalink]  05 Oct 2009, 14:14
awesome..

i like raw score to scale score conversion .

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Re: GMAT Score - Guide to GMAT Scores & Score Reports [#permalink]  08 Oct 2009, 12:13
I have been looking for that chart for a long time!!! THANKS!!!

Btw, I heard that up to 1/4 of the test questions may be experimental. Is that so? If no, then approximately what percent is experimental?
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Re: GMAT Score - Guide to GMAT Scores & Score Reports [#permalink]  08 Oct 2009, 12:56
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I have been looking for that chart for a long time!!! THANKS!!!

Btw, I heard that up to 1/4 of the test questions may be experimental. Is that so? If no, then approximately what percent is experimental?

You're welcome!
That sounds right. I've heard numbers between \frac{1}{4} and \frac{1}{3}, which means that if you see an out-of-place question on the test (extra easy or extra hard), it is most likely experimental. There is no way to know which questions count and which don't, and it is best not to think about this - just take it one question at a time.
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Re: GMAT Score - Guide to GMAT Scores & Score Reports [#permalink]  13 Oct 2009, 08:14
For the 5 free score reporting, what information of the school/program should I know upfront before the test day? would there be any program number or school number that I need to carry to the test center instead of fiddling to find the schools of my interest on the test day before the test ?

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Re: GMAT Score - Guide to GMAT Scores & Score Reports [#permalink]  13 Oct 2009, 09:00
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For the 5 free score reporting, what information of the school/program should I know upfront before the test day? would there be any program number or school number that I need to carry to the test center instead of fiddling to find the schools of my interest on the test day before the test ?

You'll have a list of schools by name, so as long as you know the names of the 5 schools you want, you should not need anything else.
If you don't, you can randomly pick them
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Re: GMAT Score - Guide to GMAT Scores & Score Reports [#permalink]  22 Oct 2009, 09:16
I took my GMAT last Saturday and received my electronic score report today (Thursday). Will it still take 15 more days for the schools to receive them?
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Re: GMAT Score - Guide to GMAT Scores & Score Reports [#permalink]  22 Oct 2009, 09:19
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I took my GMAT last Saturday and received my electronic score report today (Thursday). Will it still take 15 more days for the schools to receive them?

If you had an AWA score with your report (which I assume you did), then the schools already have it (sent electronically), though it may take a few days for the schools to process it.
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