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How is the GMAT Score Calculated?
Scoring an 80 percentile in the GMAT is nothing short of a dream come true for any aspirant. But what exactly does an 80 percentile mean? Understanding the manner in which the scores are calculated would further explain the GMAT scoring system. Of the four scores available to you after the test, namely, Verbal, Quantitative, Total, and Analytical Writing Assessment, three (Total, Verbal and Quantitative) add up to a score between 200 and 800. The Analytical Writing Assessment is rated between 0-6, because it is a writing task and not a multiple-choice, correct-incorrect kind of task.
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Many aspirants get confused that if the marks received in the Verbal and Quantitative sections are scored between 0-60 points then how do they translate to larger numbers like 450 or 680. The answer for that is, because each correct answer holds a corresponding weightage which adds up to the final score. Each correct answer in the Verbal section (out of 41) and in the Quantitative section (out of 37) holds a particular value which implies a larger number. An interesting calculator by a forum in the gmatclub (http://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-scores-83890.html ) will help in better understanding of the score.
On the day of the test, an aspirant would receive four scores. One for Quant, on a scale of 0-60, one for Verbal on a scale of 0-60, a combined score which takes these two into account on a scale of 200-800, and a Writing score from 0-6. To evaluate what these scores could mean it’s a good idea to match the scores with the official website for the test. On www.mba.com , there is an entire section on what your score means and how you should rank yourself in terms of the correct answers per section http://www.mba.com/the-gmat/gmat-scores-and-score-reports/what-your-percentile-ranking-means.aspx . This mechanism can prove to be quite helpful in score evaluation for each section. And while at it, download the GMATPrep software to take two real-time computer adaptive tests with real scoring to see how exactly the sections are marked and what all sections need more practice.
Verbal and Quantitative Scores
The Verbal and Quant sections of the test measure different skills and therefore are scaled differently, hold a different weightage and hence will be marked differently. They cannot be compared even though there are multiple choice-based questions in them. The Verbal section and Quant section scores range from 0 to 60. Of the 41 questions in the Verbal section, each question will hold a certain value depending upon its level of difficulty. This level will not be disclosed to the aspirants for reasons best known to the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC). Same goes for the 37 questions in the Quant Section. Any score received between 0-60 will represent a certain value, which as mentioned earlier, can be seen on the calculator on the following website: www.mba.com.
Total GMAT scores range from 200 to 800. The total score comes up as an added value of the Verbal and Quant sections (in their scaled scores). In case the aspirant cannot answer all the questions in the allotted time then the scores will be received, but will be based on the number of questions answered.
Analytical Writing Assessment Score
The Analytical writing section essays undergo a two-stage marking process; one by an automated essay-scoring software and the other by an independent examiner. The average of both these independent markings is taken as the final score, which is between 0-6. In case a discrepancy occurs in the two markings, then a third stage of scoring by an expert reader takes place and that is taken as the final score. The writing scores do not hold any bearing on the final score which are taken solely from the Verbal and the Quant sections. A calculator cannot however, be used to predict scores of the writing assessment. The essays in the writing section are marked on the basis of the quality of the argument provided, ability to organize, develop and express ideas, control and command over standard English language and relevance of the supportive examples and ideas used by the aspirant.
The tricky part about the scoring system for the test is that one may have answered many questions correctly and just three/four incorrectly and yet get a low score in that section. The reason for this is that maybe the questions answered correctly are the ones which have a lower weightage in the overall score and were the easier ones and the ones answered incorrectly could be the toughest ones with an overall heavier weightage towards the overall score. Websites such as http://www.800score.com/score2.html and http://www.catprep.com/exams/gmat/gmat-score-calculator.php offer aspirants an online method to type in their scores and see what their final score would be. One cannot say that these are 100% accurate, but they do give out raw scores which are quite close to the actual score.
No use Over-analyzing
Ultimately what needs to be understood is that there is no direct co-relation between the number of correct answers and the final score, because this is not how the scores are calculated. The unofficial score report will anyhow be obtained just after the exam whereas the official score report will be received within three weeks of sitting for the exam. It is in those three weeks that aspirants often try out various ways to calculate or predict their ultimate final score. As the GMAT is a computer adaptive test and the kind of question asked and its weightage will depend on how well you have answered the previous question, it is best that one keeps in mind, how best to answer the question at hand, rather than fall into the trap of over-analysis and how many correct or incorrect responses one gave.