Need a GMAT score calculator or score charts to determine your potential GMAT score from a practice test? Are you looking to retake the GMAT and wondering what score to aspire to? This post will cover what you need to know with an interactive score calculator, GMAT score charts (with downloadable PDF), and a full breakdown of what it all means.
Table of Contents
- GMAT Score Calculator (Interactive)
- GMAT Score Chart
- How to Use the GMAT Calculator and Score Chart and to Improve Your Score
GMAT Score Calculator (Interactive)
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 test score?
Magoosh has the only GMAT score calculator you need! First, enter your Verbal and Quant scores in the calculator. Then, read on for more about how the GMAT exam scoring system works, what your quant score and verbal score mean, how business schools use the GMAT test, and more!
How accurate is this GMAT score calculator?
The GMAC is very tight-lipped about their scoring algorithm. Even when you have an official GMAT score report from an actual GMAT test, you’re unlikely to know exactly how your raw score translated to this scaled score.
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 score range. 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. It may even vary for the same raw score on the same test! This is because the difficulty level of questions you get right or wrong may change, even if the overall number doesn’t. Remember, the GMAT is computer-adaptive.
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 GMAT score chart you can review! Think of this as your GMAT score grid.
Because this GMAT score chart shows how to arrive at your multiple choice score, you won’t need your IR section or Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) scores for this.
Click the image below to download our free GMAT Score Charts PDF!
Or, use this interactive GMAT score chart to find out how your section scores create your overall score. Scroll left to see more Quant section scores, or use the search bar to look up a specific score.
How do I read the GMAT score chart?
This chart helps you 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 section 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 Quantitative section subscore of 40 would be only the 39th percentile, not even in the top 50%!
The two subscores are definitely not equivalent in terms of percentile scores. But does this mean you should forego problem solving and data sufficiency practice in favor of more reading comp? No! All it means is that the percentile ranking for these sections differs.
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 GMAT total score translates to your percentile, check out our article on calculating GMAT percentiles.
How to Use the GMAT Calculator and Score Chart and to Improve Your Score
MBA program admissions 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. 640 is even better; two-thirds of test takers score below 640. For top schools like Yale, Columbia, Haas, or Harvard business school, a 700+ GMAT score is best. Spoiler: good GMAT prep can help you get there!
So the key, as mentioned above, is understanding how your Verbal and Quant scores can be combined to get you to your target score. Using a GMAT scoring chart is a great way to view all kinds of combinations and scenarios, which can help you predict just how successful you’ll be on testing day.
And of course, if your unofficial scores on practice tests don’t match your hopes on test day, you do have options! 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.
For more resources, I would recommend reading these following sites:
- Graduate Management Admission Council
Improve your GMAT scores with Magoosh GMAT, you can choose between a live cohorted class with an instructor (which includes all our lessons and practice questions) or access to the self-study option by itself.
I’d love to hear what you think about this topic, our GMAT score calculator, and the corresponding GMAT score chart. Feel free to leave a comment below!