GMAT Scoring Guide

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GMAT Score Report

The overall GMAT scoring is declared immediately after you complete the GMAT exam. You have the option of viewing it on the computer screen after you've taken the GMAT. However, the official GMAT scoring report which includes the AWA score will be mailed to you around 15 to 20 days after you've taken the test. You can exercise the option of selecting certain business schools that you'd like your GMAT scoring report to be sent to directly. This choice is done just before you start attempting questions while taking the GMAT. You may be asked to provide the school's complete mailing address also. Therefore, it is advisable to keep a list of business schools of your choice ready when you go for taking the GMAT as this choice is the first thing that you will be required to do before starting off with your GMAT exam.

In addition to your latest overall GMAT scoring, the GMAT scoring report also includes scores from the recent GMAT tests you would have taken in the last five years and some personal information that you would have provided while registering for the GMAT. The GMAT scoring report will contain the individual GMAT scores of verbal, math and AWA section. Each of these scores will be accompanied by a percentile rank. The percentile rank refers to the proportion of the students who scored lower than you on the GMAT test. Therefore, your percentile rank is an indication of how well you've performed on the GMAT compared to other students who've appeared for the same exam. For example, if you have a percentile rank of 70, it means that 70 percent of the students have scored less than you in the GMAT. Percentile rank aids the business schools in determining your position with respect to the other students who had appeared for the same exam.

Some business school admission committees take an average of all the GMAT scores present in your GMAT scoring report, while others consider only your latest scores. Even if your latest scores are being considered, your previous scores are also seen by the admission committee by virtue of their being present in the GMAT scoring report. A wide variation in GMAT Scores in the recent tests that you've taken might create a negative impact on the admission committee. This will be a reflection of the importance you place on succeeding in the business management field. So, you should take your GMAT Scores very seriously and prepare thoroughly before taking the GMAT. It will be best for you to put in maximum hard work and effort to achieve a high GMAT scoring in your first or second attempt at GMAT.


For the business school admission committees, your GMAT scoring is only one of the considerations for evaluating your abilities. Your academic records and your work experience are also considered. Therefore, your application and resume should be up to the mark and you should also be well prepared for the interview. So, don't lose heart if you've not been able to score high in the GMAT. A high GMAT score does not confirm your admission to a management program of your choice as the admission committees will consider certain other aspects too. However, a low GMAT scoring will definitely keep you out of the running for admission to management programs offered by reputed business schools. If you have not been able to attain a high GMAT scoring, plan on taking a retest because a maximum of business schools consider only your latest GMAT scoring.

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