How is the GMAT® Exam Scored?

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Computer Adaptive Testing

Your Official Score Report will include several ways to interpret your exam results. Each of your five GMAT® exam scores is reported on a fixed scale and appears on the Official GMAT Score Report that you and your designated score recipients (graduate business programs) receive.

Your Score Report – The Details

You may be tempted to pay attention only to your Total score, but the other scores are also meaningful. Those scores offer you and the programs receiving your scores insight into your strengths and areas for development.

Section

Scoring

How the Section is Scored

Analytical Writing Assessment

0.0-6.0

Each essay is scored at least twice, once by a human reader and once by a computer. The scores are averaged to provide one section score, reported in intervals of 0.5.

Integrated Reasoning

1-8

The Integrated Reasoning score is based on the number of questions you answered correctly. Some questions may have multiple parts; you must answer all parts to a question correctly to receive credit for that question.

Scores are reported in intervals of 1.

Quantitative and Verbal

6-51

The Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning sections are item-level adaptive, and your score is based on three factors:

1. Number of questions you answer

2. Whether your answers are correct

3. Difficulty and other parameters of the questions you answered

You will earn a higher score if you answer a higher number of questions, answer more of them correctly, and qualify for questions of a higher difficulty level.

Scores are reported in intervals of 1 and the standard error of measurement is 3 points.

TOTAL

200-800

Total Scores are based on your calculated performance before scores are given for the Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning sections. The raw calculation is then converted to a number in the Total Score range.

Scores are reported in intervals of 10. The standard error of measurement is 30-40 points.

 

Note that there is a penalty for not completing each section of the exam. If you do not finish in the allotted time, your scores will be calculated based upon the number of questions answered. Your score will decrease significantly with each unanswered question.

Interpreting Your Results

Your Total, Verbal, and Quantitative Scores

Total GMAT scores range from 200 to 800; two-thirds of test takers score between 400 and 600. Verbal and Quantitative scores range from 0 to 60; scores below 6 and above 51 are rare.

Verbal and Quantitative scores are on a fixed scale and can be compared across all GMAT test administrations, but because they measure different constructs, they cannot be compared to each other.

Your Analytical Writing Assessment Score

The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) score is based on one Analysis of an Argument essay. Essays are scored independently twice and then averaged. Scores for the AWA range from 0 to 6 in half-point intervals.

Each essay receives two independent ratings, one of which may be performed by an automated essay-scoring engine, which evaluates more than 50 structural and linguistic features.

If the two ratings differ by more than one point, an expert reader provides a third evaluation to determine the final score.

Expert readers are trained college and university faculty members who consider the following:

  • The overall quality of your ideas about the argument presented.
  • Your overall ability to organize, develop, and express those ideas.
  • The relevant supporting reasons and examples you used.
  • Your ability to control the elements of standard written English.

Readers are trained to be sensitive and fair in evaluating the responses of examinees whose first language is not English.

If you believe that your AWA score is not accurate, you may request that your essay be rescored using the Essay Rescore Request Form.

Your Integrated Reasoning Score

Integrated Reasoning (IR) scores range from 1 to 8 in single-digit intervals.

Most Integrated Reasoning questions require more than one response. Because the questions are designed to measure how well you integrate data to solve complex problems, you must answer all responses to a question correctly to receive credit, no partial credit is given.

Why Schools Value Your GMAT Scores

Listen to Julie Barefoot, Goizueta Business School, Emory University in Georgia share why schools value your GMAT scores.

The GMAT exam helps you stand out during the admissions process. Take the one business school exam that elevates you from the rest of the pack.

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