I Chart Raw Verbal & Quant GMAT Scores

Use the GMAT score chart to calculate your total GMAT score based on your raw score in the verbal and quant sections of the GMAT test.

Raw GMAT VERBAL scores run left to right X AXIS.
Raw GMAT QUANT scores run top to bottom along the Y AXIS.

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I Overview GMAT Raw Score Chart

The GMAT score chart explains how your raw scores on the quant and verbal sections of the GMAT relate to your 800-point total GMAT score.

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is an adaptive computer-based exam that employs an algorithm to calculate scores. The exam adjusts the difficulty level of the questions based on the test-taker’s performance, aiming to identify the test-taker’s precise ability level. The final score is determined by the number of correct and incorrect responses and the difficulty level of the questions answered.

Admissions committees consider a candidate’s GMAT score and undergraduate performance to predict how well the candidate can handle the academic rigor of the MBA program.

II Application Using Your GMAT Score to Create an MBA Program Shortlist

Two factors determine a “good” GMAT score: percentiles and average scores at your target schools. The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the organization that writes and administers the exam, calculates and compiles the percentiles, which reveal how a test-taker’s score compares with all other test-takers around the world.

 A score at the 90th percentile indicates that the candidate has outperformed 90% of all test-takers. Currently, a score at the 90th percentile on the overall exam equates to 710. The average score at the top full-time MBA programs in the United States is approximately 730, which is the 96th percentile.

You may not need a 96th percentile score to get into your target MBA or EMBA programs. That’s why researching the average test score at your target programs is essential in determining your chances for admission. Candidates who score at or above the average of their target MBA or EMBA program have a higher chance of admission (and should consider these schools’ target’ or ‘safety’ schools).

Tom plans to apply to 5 full-time MBA programs this year. A traditional MBA application approach would be:

  • 1 reach school
  • 2-3 target schools
  • 1-2 safety schools

A back-of-the-envelope way for Tom to create an MBA application shortlist is to use the MBA programs’ average GMAT score to classify the program.

Tom’s GMAT score is 720

  • Reach School: Kellogg with an average GMAT score of 730
  • Target Schools: Yale SOM 720, Duke Fuqua 715, Dartmouth Tuck 726
  • Safety Schools: Texas McCombs 704, UCLA Anderson 710
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