GMAT Scores - Everything You Wanted to Know About GMAT Scores and Score ReportsAverage gmat score, canceling gmat scores, reporting to schools, strategies and fallacies with score reports
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Your Total GMAT score will be displayed at the end of your test (You will be given an option to cancel your score AFTER
it is displayed; you used to be able to cancel scores before seeing them only). 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
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:
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- 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.
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:
What is the best way to estimate my GMAT score?
- 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!
- 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.
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*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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