Students get five scores in the GMAT exam from the analytical writing assessment, the integrated reasoning, quantitative, verbal sections and their total score. Students get a percentile rank to indicate how many students have scored less than them. This may change on an annual basis. Unlike the percentile rank, the scaled score will not be subject to any change and will stand valid for five years.
The total GMAT score can range between 200 to 800, and it has been found that two thirds of the GMAT takers score in the range of 400-600.
Verbal plus Quantitative
The scores for the verbal and quantitative sections can range from 0 to 60. Generally, the score for the verbal section can range from 9 to 44 and for the quantitative section, it can range from 7 to 50. These are both fixed scores and aren’t comparable with each other. These scores depend only on the number of questions answered by students.
Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA)
The AWA essays are scored on the analysis of the argument essay and are graded twice independently and the average is taken. Generally the scores for the analytical section can range from 0 to 6 in half point intervals.
The newly introduced Integrated Reasoning (IR) section can fetch students scores ranging from 1 to 8 in single digit intervals. The score that students get in the integrated reasoning section don’t form a part of the overall GMAT score which is just a total of the verbal and quantitative sections. Like the AWA, the IR scores are computed separately from the Quantitative and Verbal sections and have no effect on the Total score.
The Official GMAT Score Report
When students schedule in their GMAT test, they’ll have the option of choosing to get the official online Score Report. The GMAT score report is inclusive of all GMAT scores from tests taken within a period of five years. The unofficial scores from the quantitative and verbal sections will be available on immediate completion of the test. Students who choose to get their Official Score Report Online will get their reports mailed to them in a period of 20 days after they take their test.
Cancellation & Retesting
Students have the opportunity to cancel their scores after taking the test, but this option is open only before the actual viewing of their scores. Retesting is also a possibility that students can consider but they must keep in mind that if their scores show up lower the second time that they take it, the graduate schools will receive these if the same programs are reselected when they retake the test.
This is the basic overview of how GMAT scores are calculated and a good GMAT score could be the first step that a student takes to get into the management world.
Image source: www.petersons.com