About the GMAT
Students get three separate scores for their performance on Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, and a combined score for performance on Quantitative Ability & Verbal Ability.
For each of your scores on the GMAT test (Verbal, Quantitative, Total, Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning) you will receive a percentile rank, or the proportion of exams scoring below your score you based on the scores of the entire GMAT testing population for the most recent three-year period. Your percentile rank may change from year to year. However, your scaled score never changes.
Because the Integrated Reasoning section was introduced only recently, percentiles will be updated every month through 2012 to reflect the growing pool of test takers who have taken the Integrated Reasoning section. From 2013 on, the IR percentiles will be updated yearly on the same schedule as the other scores.
Analytical Writing Assessment Score – The score ranges from 0 to 6 in increments of 0.5. So the obtained scores on AWA are 0, 0.5, 1, 1.5, ……5.5 and 6.
Integrated Reasoning Score – Integrated Reasoning scores range from 1 to 8 in single-digit intervals. Like the AWA, the IR scores are computed separately from the Quantitative and Verbal sections and have no effect on the Total score. Most Integrated Reasoning questions require more than one response. Because the questions are designed to test your ability to integrate data to solve complex problems, you must answer all responses to a question correctly to receive credit.
The Verbal Ability and Quantitative Ability score – They reflect a specific, measurable level of ability. The raw scores for Verbal Ability and Quantitative Ability range from 0 to 60. Scores below 9 and above 44 for the Verbal section or below 7 and above 50 for the Quantitative section are rare. Both scores are on a fixed scale and can be compared across all GMAT test administrations. The Verbal and Quantitative scores measure different constructs and cannot be compared to each other. Total GMAT scores range from 200 to 800. Two-thirds of test takers score between 400 and 600.
So you get five different scores for your performance in the Verbal Ability and Quantitative Ability sections :
- Total GMAT score – Ranges from 200 to 800. 760 to 800 represents a 99 percentile.
- Raw score for Verbal Ability – Ranges from 0 to 60 and is a factor of how many questions were attempted correctly by you. Nobody gets lower than 11 or higher than 51. 46-51 corresponds to 99 percentile – the highest anyone can get.
- Percentile score for Verbal Ability – Calculated by comparing your Verbal Ability performance to the complete GMAT test taker pool and ranges between 0 to 99 percentile.
- Raw score for Quantitative Ability – Ranges from 0 to 60 and is a factor of how many questions were attempted correctly by you. Nobody gets lower than 11 or higher than 51. 51 corresponds to 99 percentile – the highest anyone can get.
- Percentile score for Quantitative Ability – Calculated by comparing your Quantitative Ability performance to the complete GMAT test taker pool and ranges between 0 to 99 percentile.