GMAT Validity

    Sayantani Barman Sayantani Barman
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    GMAT scores are not only relevant for MBA admissions but its importance goes beyond that. Over the past few years, a good GMAT score is an indicator of academic excellence to both MBA and business schools and businesses across the globe.

    GMAT test takers must note that the validity of their test scores is 5 years. They have an option to retake the test as well. The article below covers information related to the score evaluation, how to obtain GMAT scores, and the overall conditions attached to the exam. Read on to know all the details.

    How is the score evaluated?

    The GMAT scores are evaluated on the basis of the candidate's answers in four sections of the exam or the GMAT syllabus - Quantitative section, Verbal Reasoning, Integrated Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. The scoring is done in the following manner:

    Analytical Writing

    Scoring range: 0.0 to 0.6

    The essay written in GMAT AWA section is scored twice, once by a human reader and the other assessment is done by a computer. The scores in Analytical writing are reported in intervals of 0.5.

    Integrated Reasoning

    Scoring range: 1 to 8

    Scoring in GMAT Integrated Reasoning section is based on the number of questions answered correctly. Credits for questions with multiple parts will only be given if all the parts have been attempted. The scores reported in the Integrated Reasoning section are in intervals of 1.

    Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning

    Scoring range: 6 to 51

    Since both GMAT Verbal and GMAT Quant sections are adaptive in nature, therefore, the scoring is based on three factors - a number of questions answered, correct answers from the lot, the difficulty level of the questions attempted. Those who attempt more difficult questions correctly are scored better. Scores in GMAT Quantitative and verbal reasoning sections are reported in the intervals of 1 and the standard error of measurement is 3 points.

    Total scores are reported in intervals of 10 with the standard error of measurement being 30 to 40 points. Total GMAT scores range from 200 to 800; two-thirds of test-takers score between 400 and 600. 

    How to check the GMAT Score?

    The GMAT scores can be checked in two stages, immediately after the exam in the form of an unofficial scorecard and an official scorecard, which will be available after 3 weeks of the exam date. 

    Unofficial GMAT Scores

    The unofficial score report can be obtained immediately after the exam. If you choose to retain the scores, you will get an unofficial scorecard with scores obtained in the Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning section, and the total scores obtained in them.

    Final scorecard

    The final scorecard for GMAT is accessible on the official website. The exam conducting authorities will send a mail with the instructions to test takers. The official score report will include the following details

    1. Scores in the unofficial scorecard
    2. Analytical Writing Assessment Score
    3. GMAT percentile rankings
    4. personal data provided at the time of registration
    5. Scores from other GMAT exams taken within the past five years 
    6. Digital photo taken at the exam center

    Candidates can purchase enhanced score report which will have question type, area of focus, and pacing. This will help candidates to better understand their performance in the exam

    GMAT Score Validity

    The GMAT scores are valid for up to 5 years. As mentioned earlier, the GMAT Scores can be used to get admission to an MBA program or to get a job. 

    Candidates who are not satisfied with their GMAT Scores have the option to take the exam again. The conditions stated for the same are:

    • A candidate can appear for the GMAT exam 5 times in one year i.e. in the duration of 12 months.
    • The time gap between the two GMAT exams should be a minimum of 16 days.
    • The maximum number of GMAT attempts allowed for a candidate is 8 times. 

    For those who wish to draw their scores for the GMAT exam taken between 5 to 10 years ago must submit a request to GMAC. The authorities will charge a $28 fee and send the hard copy of the scorecard to your address. Candidates who took the exam more than 10 years ago cannot obtain the scorecard, unfortunately.

    Validity of GMAT Scores In India

    Although business schools in India accept CAT Scores, however, some of the top business schools in India accept GMAT scores as well. Given below is the list of top 10 business schools in India that accept GMAT Scores.

    Name of the InstituteAverage Score Required (800)
    Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and Mohali700
    IIM Ahmedabad706
    IIM Bangalore695
    IIM Calcutta700+
    IIM Lucknow680
    Great Lakes Institute of Management650
    SP Jain School of Global Management650+
    XLRI Jamshedpur700
    IIM Indore690
    SP Jain Institute of Management and Research650

    International Business Schools Accepting GMAT Scores

    A valid GMAT score can help you get through programs offered by some of the top business schools across the globe. Given below is the list of top MBA colleges accepting GMAT scores abroad.

    Name of the institutionAverage Score Required
    Harvard University730
    Stanford University734
    University of Pennsylvania(Wharton)732
    University of Chicago726
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology(Sloan)728
    Northwestern University(Kellogg)730
    University of California-(Berkeley)726
    Columbia University727
    Dartmouth University723
    New York University721

    Benefits of GMAT Score

    Having a GMAT score is an added benefit to the candidate’s profile, for they can opt for further studies or they can choose to find a job in the corporate. The score also plays a huge role in adding value skills. Here are a few benefits of having a valid GMAT score:

    • Self-Assessment - GMAT is a tough nut to crack, with its value in the international sphere a candidate can assess his/her skills and abilities in order to sustain in international spheres. Candidates have an opportunity to evaluate themselves to know their prospects. GMAT also enables them to test their time management skills as well.
    • Better Career Opportunity - A valid GMAT score opens gateways to top-tier corporate companies. Professionals who have a good score can find their way through.
    • Access to World-Class Business Schools - Most importantly, more than 1900 business schools across the globe accept GMAT scores for admissions to various business programs. 

    Now that you know the details of GMAT Score validity, make your choices wisely, and do not skip to collect your GMAT score in time. 

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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