GMAT Scores: All You Need to Know

GMAT Scores: All You Need to Know


If you are planning to pursue your MBA overseas, then you would be aware how important your GMAT exam scores are. These scores are an admission requirement by most b-schools abroad. So, if you want to get into the school of your choice, your scores need to be exceptionally good. The scoring range for the GMAT is 200-800.  Any GMAT score above 700 is considered a good score.

The score scale for each of the sections are as follows:

SectionsScore Range
Analytical Writing0 to 6
Integrated Reasoning1 to 8
Quantitative Reasoning 6 to 51            
Verbal Reasoning       6 to 51            

GMAT Official Scores and Unofficial Scores

You generally receive two scores — official and unofficial scores. The unofficial scores are the one you receive immediately after you complete your exam. This includes scores of the Verbal, Quantitative and Integrated Reasoning sections and the total scores (based on quantitative and verbal). You have the option to either accept or reject these scores once you view them after your exam. If you accept the scores, then you will receive a printout of the score report from the centre. However, if you are unhappy with the scores you have received, then you can choose to cancel them.

Your official score report will be mailed to you within 20 days of completing your GMAT exam. Besides the scores of the unofficial score report, your official report contains your Analytical Writing scores and your percentile ranking. The percentile ranking will help you to determine your performance in comparison to other candidates who have previously attempted the exam.

If you would like to send your scores to other universities than the ones you have already selected, then you can request for additional score reports as well. You will need to pay a small fee of US $35. If you would like to gain more perspective on your GMAT score then you can request for an Enhanced score report. It gives you an in depth analysis of your performance in the GMAT exam. You will know how well you have performed in each of the sections of the exam, your time management for every question type, percentage of questions you have answered correctly and a customized summary report that lists out where you have done exceptionally well and where you have faltered.

Before you plan to take this exam, you need to know whether you are eligible to do so. So, let us now see what are the eligibility criteria for attempting the GMAT exam.

GMAT eligibility

Although there are no prerequisites or specific eligibility criteria to take the exam, GMAC has listed some general rules for candidates who wish to attempt the exam. Let us see a brief overview of the same below:

Nationality: There is no restriction on your nationality. You can take the exam irrespective of the country you are from. You must keep in mind that the identification requirements are likely to change from country to country.

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Number of Attempts: You can attempt the GMAT upto 5 times in a year ensuring that there is a 16 day gap between each attempt. You are allowed a maximum of 8 attempts overall.

Age: There is no upper age limit for attempting the GMAT exam. You must be at least 18 years of age to register for the exam. If you are between the age of 13-17, then you will have to get a signed consent form from your parents or legal guardian. You can download the parental consent form from the GMAC website.

Work experience: Work experience is not a mandatory GMAT eligibility criterion. You could be a fresher or someone who has several years of experience to attempt the GMAT. However, most often B-school admission committees value candidates who have several years of work experience over freshers.

We hope you gained a good understanding of GMAT score and the GMAT eligibility criteria from this article.