GMAT Score Report

Your Total score and Quantitative and Verbal section scores are available upon your completion of the test. The only opportunity that you will have to cancel your scores is immediately (within 2 minutes) after you complete the test, but before you view your scores. A message will ask you if you want to cancel your scores. You cannot cancel your scores after they are displayed or reported to you.

If you cancel your scores, they cannot be reinstated later. A score cancellation notice will be sent to you and your selected schools. It will remain a part of your permanent record and will be reported on all of your future score reports. The test will not be refunded and will be accounted for as one taken test.

The official score report is available online instead of being mailed to you. Through a direct email 20 days after the test, you will be notified of the accessibility of your online official score report which is also available to the schools you selected as recipients. Official Score Reports are now mailed to the student by request only.

Official GMAT score reports, which include the AWA score and Integrated Reasoning score, will be mailed to you and your designated score report recipients (schools) approximately two weeks after the test. You must respond to the essay, the integrated reasoning questions, and each multiple-choice section of the test to get an official score report.

During the test, if you click "Section Exit" or "Test Quit," you will have to confirm your choice. If you clicked it by mistake or change your mind, just select the option "Return to Where I Was." Once you exit a section or quit a test, you won’t be able to return to it and won’t receive a score for any section, regardless how many questions you have answered.

You may take the GMAT only once every 31 days and no more than five times within any 12-month period. The retest policy applies even if you cancel your score or quit a test within that time period. Official GMAT score results are kept on file for 10 years. All your scores and cancellations within the last five years will be reported to the institutions you designate as score recipients.

On your test day, you may select up to five schools to receive your scores before you take the test. Once you have made your selection, you will not be able to change or delete the list of schools. If you would like to send your scores to more schools, you may order additional score reports at a cost of U.S. $35 per school.

You may request that your essay be rescored if you have reason to believe that your AWA scores are not accurate. The multiple-choice quantitative and verbal sections of the test cannot be rescored. Independent readers will rescore your essay for a fee of U.S. $45.

Requests for rescoring must be made within six months of your test date. Rescoring may result in increases or decreases in your original AWA score. The rescoring results are final. Revised results will be sent to you and the schools you designated as score recipients within three weeks of your request.

GMAT Score Distribution

Total GMAT scores range from 200 to 800. About 62 % of test takers score below 600. The Verbal and Quantitative scores range from 6 to 51. For the Verbal section, most people score between 9 and 44. For the Quantitative section, common scores are between 7 and 50. The Verbal and Quantitative scores measure different things and cannot be compared to each other, however, each section’s score can be compared across different GMAT tests.

Your GMAT score is an important part of your overall application.

  • If you receive a score below 500, we recommend that you retake the exam. A score below 500 will make acceptance to any school rather difficult.
  • A score below 600 will make acceptance into a top school unlikely without an otherwise flawless application.
  • A score in the range of 600-700 will help keep you in the running for acceptance into a top business school.
  • A score above 700 is terrific and will help improve your MBA applications.
  • Scaled scores of 750 out of 800 on the combined test generally correspond to the 99th percentile.

GMAT Test Scores Distribution Snapshot - Total Score

GMAT Total Score Distribution Chart

•Scaled scores of 750 out of 800 on the combined test generally correspond to the 99th percentile.

•680 out of 800 corresponds to the 85th percentile.

GMAT Test Scores Distribution Snapshot - AWA Score

GMAT AWA Score Distribution Diagram

One person and one computer programmed for grading (E-rater) score each AWA based on essay content, organization, grammar and syntactic variety. E-rater is an electronic system that evaluates more than 50 structural and linguistic features. College and university faculty members trained as reviewers of the AWA essay consider the overall quality of your ideas, your overall ability to organize, develop, and express those ideas, the relevant supporting reasons and examples you cited, and your ability to write in standard written English.  In considering the elements of standard written English, reviewers are trained to be sensitive and fair in evaluating the essays of non-native English speakers.

E-rater and independent readers agree, on average, 87 % to 94 % of the time. If the two ratings differ by more than one point, another evaluation by an expert reader is required to resolve the discrepancy and determine the final score.

Graders assign scores out of 6.0 based on intervals of 0.5 points. The AWA score is computed separately and have no bearings on any other GMAT scores.