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.
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.
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!
GMAT Score Calculator
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.
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!
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!
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.
To see how your total score translates to your GMAT percentile, check out our article on calculating GMAT percentiles.
What will my official GMAT score report look like?
After you take the exam, your GMAT Score Report will have the following components:
Remember, the 0 to 60 scale is based on the number of questions you answered correctly in each section—it is not a simple “answers correct” number.
As soon as you finish your GMAT in the test center, you will get almost the entire GMAT score report right away—everything except your AWA score, because that requires a human grader to review it.
When you leave the high-security Pearson testing room, they immediately hand you a printout of your results before you even can retrieve your stuff from the lockers.
Then, about 20 days later, you will get the whole shebang, everything you already know plus the essay results, either electronically or by snail mail, whichever you chose.
The total GMAT score report sent to adcoms will include all GMATs you have taken in the past five years, except the ones you have canceled. There is no trace of any cancellations on your score report (this last fact is new, a change from pre-2016 policy).
How does my GMAT score factor into admissions?
All scores, sectional and total, are reported to B-schools. However, the overall GMAT score is currently way more important in admissions than any of the other scores. The AWA & IR scores generally count for less. Still, that doesn’t mean you can ignore them! If you flub either one, admissions might see that as a red flag.
It’s important to note that your GMAT score is just one factor admissions committees at business schools use. Other factors include your previous relevant work experience, undergraduate academic performance, and your essays. If you want to see how your GMAT scores measure up, check out our post on evaluating good GMAT scores.
Obviously, the higher the score, the more options you will probably have. It may be that, to some extent, you can offset a lower college GPA with a stellar GMAT score report.
Solid GMAT exam prep, such as Magoosh, can raise your GMAT grade substantially.
In fact, Magoosh has a 50-point score increase guarantee: if you have already taken an official GMAT once, then Magoosh guarantees that if you use the product extensively, your score will increase by at least a minimum of 50 points (many users see much larger increases).
That’s extraordinary: such an increase can bring you from 660 (77th percentile = top 25%) to 710 (90th percentile = top 10%)!
By all means, strive to do the best you can do. At the same time, it’s important to be realistic about your abilities and the time & energy you have to prepare.
If your first GMAT score was a 460, then with concerned effort, you will be able to get up into the 500s and maybe even the 600s, but it may be that a GMAT score in the high 700s is unrealistic for you, and that’s OK.
Always strive for your personal best, it’s hard to compete with everyone out there.
The goal of the GMAT is to get you into business school; the goal of business school is to get an MBA; the goal of an MBA is to get into management positions in the business world.
Many folks who are wildly successful in upper management in the business world had less than stellar GMAT scores and went to less prestigious business schools.
Conversely, some folks are brilliant test takers and ace the GMAT, but then wind up not so successful in the rough and tumble business world.
A big part of success is being canny enough to know how to leverage your particular gifts to the greatest effect. Trust the unique combination of gifts and talents you bring, seek to learn the skills that will most complement and bring forth who you are, and learn to recognize the environments in which you can most effectively thrive.
Do the best you can do on the GMAT, and trust that this will be good enough to lead you to where you need to be in the big picture.
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.
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!