How Schools Use Your Scores

Admissions officers rely on the GMAT exam to measure the skills that help students succeed in today’s MBA and other graduate business programs.

GMAT scores have two important characteristics:

  1. They are reliable. The GMAT measures specific skills that are important in a graduate management program.
  2. They predict academic success. GMAT scores are good predictors of academic success during the first year of graduate management study, thus providing schools with a consistent, standardized evaluation tool for all applicants.

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the global non-profit council of business schools that administers the GMAT exam, provides published guidelines on the use of GMAT scores to all graduate business schools that accept the GMAT.

Each school evaluates scores in its own way; there are no “passing” or “failing” GMAT scores.  If you have questions about how individual schools use your GMAT scores, please contact the schools directly. For general information about your GMAT exam scores, please read the GMAT Handbook (pdf).

Hear from Julie Barefoot, Associate Dean of Admissions, Goizueta Business School, as she explains how GMAT scores give her a way to determine whether prospective students have the ability to contribute and perform well in the business school classroom.