The GMAT is a test of your aptitude. Your numbers and percentile is a reflection of your abilities to fare well in your MBA program. It is the single most important factor for your admission to any of the top business schools. The GMAT is taken by thousands of candidates throughout the world every year. Therefore, if you wish to join one of the top business schools then you need to be clever in chalking out your preparation plan. An analysis of the trends in the GMAT numbers and percentile is an absolute must to plan the right strategy.

Calculating GMAT Numbers and Percentile

The GMAT contains three sections: Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA). The Verbal and the Quantitative sections consist of questions based on multiple choice answers and you need to answer 41 and 37 questions respectively. These two sections are scored on a raw scale of 0 to 60 each. The scores are then converted into a scale of 200 to 800. The scores obtained in both these sections are then averaged and you get a score within the range of 200 to 800. In the AWA section one has to write two essays and each of them is scored on a scale of 0 to 6 by a human reader and an E-rater (computer essay scoring software). Both the essay scores are then averaged on the scale of 0 to 6 with half point increments. The GMAT percentile is calculated by taking into consideration the total number of candidates who have appeared for this test during the last three years. For example, if you achieve 88th percentile, it means out of all the candidates of last three years you are better than 88 percent of your competitors. This is the way in which your numbers and percentile are calculated.

The Verbal and the Quantitative sections are given raw scores from 0 to 60 each. These scores are then converted to the scale of 200 to 800. The conversion is guided by few factors. They are as follows:

  • The total number of questions attempted in the given time.
  • The total number of questions answered correctly.
  • The difficulty level of each question.

The GMAT Score Report

The GMAT score card gives you the breakup of your scores and percentile. It contains the following four scores:

  • Score for Quantitative Ability (between 0 and 60)
  • Score for Verbal Ability (between 0 and 60)
  • Total score (between 200 and 800)
  • Score for Analytical Writing Assessment (between 0 and 6, in half-point intervals)
You can get your unofficial scores for the Verbal and the Quantitative sections at the end of the exam. The scores for the AWA section are not shown as it involves a human reader to correct your essay responses. The official score report contains the numbers and percentile. It reaches your address after 20 days of taking the exam. Your scores are sent to five business schools of your choice. These schools do not get your percentile ranking.

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