GMAT scores shine a spotlight on the skills you need to succeed in business school.
The GMAT total score is composed of the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the exam.
What It Measures:
The GMAT exam measures the test taker's ability to assess higher-order reasoning skills (verbal, quantitative, analytical writing and integrated reasoning) and has proven validity in predicting success in the first year of graduate management education.
Total GMAT Scores range from 200 to 800. Two-thirds of test takers score between 400 and 600.
GMAT Scores also include a Percentile Ranking. This number indicates the percent of test takers that you performed better than. A ranking of 75% means that 25% of test takers performed as well or better than you and 75% did not do as well. While your score will not change, the Percentile Ranking may. Rankings are recalculated every summer using exam data from the prior three years.
What you should know:
You will be able to see your unofficial scores immediately after completing the exam and then have an opportunity to accept or cancel those scores. A self-canceled score will appear as a "C" on future score reports sent to you, but is not included on the Official GMAT Score Report sent to schools. If you accept the scores you will be given a print out of unofficial scores. If you cancel your scores, then change your mind you will have the opportunity to reinstate those scores.
The Official GMAT Score Report sent to schools include the following scores from every reportable exam completed in the past five years: Total, Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA), Integrated Reasoning, Verbal and Quantitative. It will also include the most recent AWA essay response, and the background information you provided when you created your GMAT profile.