GMAT Score Format

Published On: 20 Mar 2012

 | Last Updated On: 20 Mar 2012

The GMAT is held by the Pearson VUE based in US under the supervision of GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council) to secure admission in business and management schools. About 900 business schools across the globe accept the GMAT test scores. The GMAT exam yields four scores: Verbal, Quantitative, Total, and Analytical Writing Assessment, which are reflected in your score report.

Each score is reported on a fixed scale and will appear on the official GMAT score reports that you and your designated score recipients (graduate management programs) receive. Your score report includes all GMAT scores from tests taken in the last five (5) years. The contact and demographic information that was required for you to register for the test will also appear on your score report.

GMAT Score Format

An official GMAT score report consists of four parts: Verbal Scaled Score (on a scale from 0 to 60); Quantitative Scaled Score (on a scale from 0 to 60), Total Scaled Score (on a scale from 200 to 800), Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) Score (on a scale from 0 to 6). The total score is a scaled combination of the verbal and quantitative scaled scores, and thus reflects a student's overall performance on the multiple choice sections of the test. The AWA score is independent of and has no impact on the total scaled score.

Applicants can access GMAT scores electronically or receive paper reports-they're sent to the test taker and score-report recipients selected by the test taker within three weeks of the test date. The score report will show all of the test taker's GMAT scores for the past five years. Test takers may print an Unofficial Score Report after they finish the exam, but this does not include the AWA score and will not be accepted in lieu of an Official Score Report.

The Verbal and Quantitative scores range from 0 to 60. Scores below 9 and above 44 for the Verbal section or below 7 and above 50 for the Quantitative section are rare. Total GMAT scores range from 200 to 800. Two-thirds of test takers score between 400 and 600. The AWA score is an average of the two independent ratings for each section: Analysis of an Issue and the Analysis of an Argument.

These average scores can range from 0 to 6 in half point intervals. Writing scores are computed separately from the scores for the multiple-choice sections of the test and have no effect on the Verbal, Quantitative, or Total scores. The GMAT score reports include the following background information: Country of citizenship, Gender, Date of birth, Telephone number, Undergraduate institution, grade point average (GPA), major, and date of graduation, intended graduate study, highest level of education attained.

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