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The Dummies' Guide to GMAT Scores

Magoosh's GMAT expert gives a sneak peek into the scoring pattern that is used to grade the GMAT and how to interpret those scores.

In this video, Kevin gives a sneak peek into the scoring pattern that is used to grade the GMAT and how to interpret those scores. The ‘Writing’ section which has the descriptive essay is graded on a score-range of 1 to 6. The ‘Quantitative Reasoning’ section is graded on a score-range of 1 to 8. These scoring parameters are independent of the overall test score scale of 200 to 800. Quantitative and verbal sections, students may get anywhere between 0 and 60 marks. Scores of above 50 in either section are extremely rare.
 
Not every question that students answer contributes to a score. Non-scored questions are used on an experimental basis to gauge student performances and improve the test structure and questions. 41 questions in the verbal section and 37 in mathematics are the ones that are actually scored and used to determine the scores.
 
Temporary scores are generated at the end of the test. The final scores are made available online after 20 days once the essay is manually read and graded. Each test allows five free score transmissions to institutions and scores are valid for five years. Subsequent test-score transmissions to institutions are charged at 25 dollars per request.
 
Top B-schools consider a score of 700 and above on the GMAT to admit students onto their courses.  Leading business consulting firms ask applicants to furnish their GMAT scores to gauge the skills and knowledge of the job-applicant.    
 
In the next video, Kevin recommends books and online resources that can be used by students to prepare for the GMAT.
 

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