# GMAT Score Percentiles

## Cracking GMAT is quite a challenging test that you will have to exercise in order to get admitted into a topmost business school. Here, you'll learn more about GMAT Score and Percentiles.

TCM Staff

18th August 2020

Cracking GMAT is quite a challenging test that you will have to exercise in order to get admitted into a topmost business school. It is not like you will get sectional and total results, but the scores obtained will be converted into percentiles by comparing your marks with everyone who has taken the test.

A good GMAT score is an indicator of the examination taker’s ability to manage to reach the demanding MBA curriculum. It ensures business institutions that you can not only ‘get admitted’ but also ‘get through’ their business degree program.

Here is an article that gives you a brief explanation about the scores and percentiles of GMAT. So let us start with the basics of GMAT.

#### Brief Introduction to GMAT

The Graduate Management Admission Test that is abbreviated as GMAT is a standard computer-adaptive test that is generally received by the students globally to be able to get qualified for getting admission to a business program/course of your interest and the college they have always wanted to enter to pursue a good career.

It is an examination that was developed and organized by GMAC to let business colleges with students who have equal caliber with respect to studies. The college admission board will not only be concerned regarding the GMAT score but will also keenly analyze your work experience, services, and educational consistency in order to examine if you will be able to survive these programs involving subjects related to business and management.

The total time limit to finish the test is 3 hrs 23 mins once it starts including the optional breaks which will be given up to 16 minutes.

The four sections of the GMAT test are as follows.

• Analytical Writing Assessment (30 minutes)

• Integrated Reasoning (30 minutes)

• Quantitative (62 minutes)

• Verbal (65 minutes)

## How is GMAT scored and how is it calculated?

Since it is a test conducted with a computer that is adapted to a certain test pattern, it assumes you as an average student and according to that, it gives you questions with average difficulty. The level of aptitude changes with respect to your performance and capability.

For example, if you are answering a question accurately, the following problem appears to be more complex. Likewise, if you have answered wrongly, the question will be more manageable compared to the previous one.

You will have no opportunity to skip the question. So if you don’t know the answer, it is better to make up your mind for any of the options available and move on to the next question. Don’t waste your time on the question you are unaware of. And also, you do not have to panic if you do not know one or two answers, there will be many other questions that appear in the exam for which you will have prepared well.

Consequently, your GMAT score depends on two factors:

• The average difficulty level of questions that you have answered correctly.

• The number of questions you have answered correctly.

What is the average GMAT score?

It is said that the GMAT score is in the range of 200 to 800, and the average score is considered to be 556. According to GMAC, two-third of the test takers’ scores are between 400 and 600. The section average GMAT scores are as follows.

 Section of Test Average GMAT score Analytical Writing Assessment 4.44 Integrated Reasoning 4.23 Quantitative 39.4 Verbal 26.86 Total Score 556.05

Source: GMAC

## How is the GMAT score converted into Percentile?

According to GMAC, along with GMAT Scores, Percentile Ranking is also incorporated. The percentile associated with a GMAT score is the percentage of students whom you have overscored by attaining that score because of your hard work, efforts, and performance. Your GMAT score may not change but the Percentile Ranking may as GMAT Percentiles.

The GMAT score is in the range of 200 to 800. The scores obtained for each section will be converted into percentiles. Here is a table that represents GMAT scores and percentile for the year 2019.

 GMAT Score GMAT Percentile 760 to 800 99% 750 98% 740 97% 730 96% 720 94% 710 90% 700 88% 690 85% 680 82% 670 80% 660 77% 650 73% 640 68% 630 66% 620 62% 610 58% 600 55%

Here are the tables that show median scores with respect to different Sections of the Test Pattern

Analytical Writing Assessment (one essay type question) Section :

 Scores Percentile 6 87% 5 54% 4 17% 3 4% 2 2% 1 1%

Integrated Reasoning (total of 12 questions) Section:

 Score Percentile 8 92% 7 83% 6 68% 5 53% 4 36% 3 20% 2 10% 1 0%

Verbal (total of 60 questions) Section

 Score Percentile 51 99% 46 98% 40 90% 35 76% 30 58% 25 39% 20 22% 15 10% 10 3%

Quantitative (total of 60 questions) Section:

 Score Percentile 51 97% 50 86% 49 74% 48 67% 47 61% 46 57% 45 54% 40 38% 35 25% 30 16%

### 15 Business Schools based on Average GMAT scores

Here we have listed business schools with their respective average GMAT scores for you.

 Name of the School Average GMAT Score Stanford Graduate School of Business 734 The Warton University 732 Harvard Business School 730 Booth School of Business 730 Kellogg School of Management 730 MIT Sloan Scool of Management 727 Columbia Business School 727 UC Berkeley College, Haas 725 Dartmouth Tuck University 723 New York University, Stern 721 Yale School of Management 720 University of Michigan, Ross 719 UCLA, Anderson 713 Virginia College, Darden 713 Duke University, Fuqua 700

Source: GMAC