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Combined, Quant, and Verbal Scores (Updated Aug 2016)
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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 all of the GMAT scores taken in the past 5 years. Note that even if you cancel your score (more about that later), no record will appear on your report
- this has been updated in 2016.
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.
In 2016 GMAC made it substantially easier to cancel your scores. You can now do it at the test center AFTER you see your score OR within 72 hours of taking your GMAT. You can also easily reinstate your score at a later date for a nominal fee of $50. As the result, now schools will really never see more than 1 GMAT score attempt on a report since most will either cancel if they don't achieve the score or keep the score they deemed appropriate, or reinstated an earlier score they canceled. However, schools don't seem to like this idea/approach since it runs into an issue with how they evaluate applications and multiple retakes. A number of schools including Kellogg and others have, as the result, asking applicants about how many times they have taken the Official GMAT. I personally feel this policy will stop since it is a self-reporting honesty question that should be asked because few test takers anticipate it and because GMAC did make it super easy to cancel and reinstate scores.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.
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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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