GMAT by Score

Updated On - April 25th 2019

GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is conducted by GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council) and its service providers Pearson VUE and ACT every year globally for admission to various Business Schools around the world. GMAT Exam is considered as one of the most acceptable and trustworthy platforms for selecting students for the MBA Programs. GMAT evaluates the four basic skills-Verbal ability, integrated Reasoning, Quantitative aptitude and analytical writing-which are a part and parcel of the day to day life of Business School students.

GMAT is a computer based adaptive test. The term adaptive test means the system will adapt itself while giving the next questions according to the difficulty level of the questions previously attempted. GMAT Score and percentile ranking is provided for each of the four sections of the GMAT Exam approximately three weeks after the test. The GMAT Score can be broadly analyzed and interpreted according to the official assessment criteria. The candidates who have appeared in the exam can gain a detailed idea of his/her score and his/her caliber amongst all other participants. The GMAT Score for each section is evaluated according to a fixed scale devised by the conducting body.

GMAT Score Scale 

Each candidate who has appeared in GMAT Exam is assessed according to a scale devised by the conducting body. The total GMAT Score ranges from 200-800 and on an average estimate two-thirds of the GMAT Test takers obtain score 400 to 600.

The GMAT Score scale for each section is detailed below:

  • Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA, 0-6)
  • Integrated Reasoning (IR, 1-8)
  • Quantitative (0-60)
  • Verbal (0-60)

Availability of GMAT Score

The GMAT Score is made available to the test takers and his/her preferred Score recipients (Schools and Institutes) three weeks after the test. An unofficial GMAT Score report can be obtained just after the test is taken. But this report will not contain the AWA Score and is not acceptable by the schools and organizations. The unofficial report will include your Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, and the Total GMAT scores. This score report can be used to determine:

  • If you are eligible enough for the schools of your choice.
  • Whether you want to re-attempt the test.

How to access GMAT Score?

GMAT Score is accessible in the official website of GMAT. Once it is made available, it can be accessed at any time of the year. The candidates will be sent an email in their registered Email ID which will include a unique link. This Email will be received within 20 days of taking the test. They have to use the unique link in order to view their official sample GMAT Score report. The Email will also include instructions on how to access the GMAT official Score Report.

Download Sample GMAT Score Report.(pdf to be uploaded)

In circumstances when the candidate has no longer access to the email with the link. They can contact the GMAT Customer Service or the Pearson VUE by phone for assistance.

Contact Details:

Telephone lines are open Monday-Friday in each region, except on local national holidays. If you have questions about the GMAT® exam, please contact GMAT Customer Service in your region:

Americas Region

Please Note: Email services are offered Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT. Emails sent outside of these hours will receive a response the following business day. Telephone services are available Monday-Friday at the following numbers and times:

Telephone (toll-free): +1 (800) 717-GMAT (4628), 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT
Telephone: +1 (952) 681-3680, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CT
Fax: +1 (952) 681-3681

Asia-Pacific Region

Telephone: +852-3077-4926, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. AEST
In India: +91 120-439-7830, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Indian Standard Time
Fax: +91-120-4001660      


Please Note: Email services are available Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. China Standard time. Response time for email sent outside of these times may be up to 48 hours. Telephone services are available Monday-Friday at the following numbers and times:

Phone: +86-10-82345675, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. China Standard Time
Fax: +86-10-61957800

Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) Region

Please Note: Email services are available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. GMT. Response time for email sent outside of these times may be up to three business days. Telephone services are available Monday-Friday at the following numbers and times:

Telephone: +44 (0) 161 855 7219, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. GMT
Fax: +44 (0) 161 855 7301

GMAT Score Report (official)

The official GMAT Score Report details each of the sectional score and the respective percentile ranking. The percentile ranking changes to certain extent each year as it based on all the test takers for the past 3 years. However, the GMAT score Scale is static and remains constant without any change. Official GMAT score reports are available to the test taker and his or her designated score-report recipients (schools) approximately three weeks after the test date.

Apart from this it will include the following features:

  • The most recent AWA essay response
  • Helpful background information for each candidate such as country of citizenship and GPA .
  • Digital photograph taken at the test center
  • Self-reported background information, such as telephone number, undergraduate institution, grade point average (GPA), and intended graduate study
  • Percentile rank

GMAT Percentile ranking

In addition to the scores of the sections and total score, the Official GMAT Score report provides the percentile ranking. The percentile ranking reflects a comparison between the test taker and all other test takers of GMAT. It basically tells the percentage of the test takers for the previous three full years from the date your score is reported who have scored lower than the candidate. Since the Integrated Reasoning section was introduced in June 2012, the percentile rankings for that section are being updated

How to send GMAT Score Report

The official GMAT Score Report is sent to five programs or schools that the candidate has chosen. The candidate has to choose the score recipients after careful reckoning as once the selections have been submitted, they cannot be altered or deleted. The Official Score Report will be sent within 20 calendar days of taking the test. This service is included under the registration fee. In order to send additional Score report, additional charges will be incurred. A 

Steps to select GMAT Score recipients

Once proper deliberation has been done, the candidate has to follow these steps to choose the 5 GMAT Score Recipients.

  1. Go to the official website of GMAT.
  2. Click on “The GMAT Exam” head.
  3. From the dropdown menu, click on ‘ GMAT Exam Scoring’
  4. Click on ‘Your Score Report’.
  5. Click on ‘Send you Scores to School’.
  6. Select the ‘Send your GMAT Score’ button.
  7. You will be directed to this page where you have to enter the following details to log in into your account.
  8. In the account you can choose the 5 schools or institutes where to send the GMAT Scores.

Additional GMAT Score Reports

Apart from the 5 Score Reports that can be sent to the schools chosen by the candidate, they can order additional GMAT Score reports by paying an additional fee. Once the GMAT score is available, the additional GMAT Score Reports will be sent within 7 calendar days. But for the non-US Test Takers, it might take longer than the usual period of delivery. The test taker can also obtain a duplicate GMAT Test Report for himself/herself by contacting the GMAT Customer Service.

Steps to order additional GMAT Score Report for oneself

  1. Go to the official website of GMAT.
  2. Click on the ‘Contact us’ option at the end of the home page.
  3. Fill in the following details.

Steps to send Additional GMAT Score Report to schools

To order by phone: The candidates have to contact the GMAT Customer Service. For this they will be charged an additional service fee of US$10.

To order by mail or fax: 

  1. Fill the Additional Score Report Request form. (pdf in the link to be uploaded)
  2. The candidate should include proper payment with the form. The payment can be made in the following forms.
  3. Those requests which are received without payment or with insufficient payment, will not be considered for processing.
  4. The form along with the payment can be faxed or mailed to the below mentioned address.

Pearson VUE
Attention: GMAT Program
PO Box 581907
Minneapolis, MN 55458-1907

GMAT Score Analysis

The Official GMAT Score report not only presents the total score but also a sectional analysis which can be used to interpret the GMAT Result in details. The GMAT Score analysis serves as an assessment criteria of various skills and qualities required by the Business programs and the Management Sector jobs all over the world.

Analytical Writing Assessment

Each AWA essay is scored at least twice. Once it is evaluated by a human reader and once by an automated essay-scoring engine which evaluates more than 50 structural and linguistic features. If the ratings provided by the two sources differ by more than one point, an expert reader provides a third evaluation to determine the final score. The scores obtained by the multiple assessments are averaged into one section score. Scores for the AWA range from 0 to 6 in half-point intervals.

Note: If the test taker has doubts regarding the AWA Score, he/she can request another evaluation by filling the Essay Rescore Request Form. (pdf to be uploaded)

Integrated Reasoning Score

The IR Section is scored on the basis of number of questions answered correctly. It is not an adaptive Test. A few questions might have multiple parts as this section is devised to calculate how well the test taker can integrate all available data to solve a particular problem. So a test taker has to answer all the questions correctly in order to score for that particular question.

Scores are reported in intervals of 1 and ranges from 1 to 8.

Quantitative and Verbal Score

Since these two sections are computer adaptive, the score is evaluated on 3 factors mentioned below:

1. Number of questions answered

2. No of correct answers

 3. Difficulty and other qualities of the questions answered.

The test taker will obtain a higher score if he/she has answered higher number of questions, attempted higher number of correct answers and higher number of difficult questions.

Scores are reported in intervals of 1 and the standard error of measurement is 3 points.

Some scores are rare: Below 7 and above 50 for Quantitative, below 9 and above 44 for Verbal.

Total GMAT Score

The total GMAT Score is based on the Quantitative and Verbal sections. The AWA and IR section score doesn’t affect the  main score.

The raw calculation is then converted to a number in the Total score range (200-800).

Scores are reported in intervals of 10.

The standard error of measurement is 30-40 points.

Enhanced GMAT Score Report

The test takers can obtain a detailed overview of his/her performance by ordering an Enhanced GMAT Score Report(ESR). This will include all the areas to focus on, the strong and weak points according to the type of questions and will aid in the preparation, if he/she wishes to re-attempt the GMAT Exam. The cost of the ESR is $24.95 (USD) and can be purchased at

The various aspects in which the ESR provides an analysis are as follows:

  • Overall sectional performance
  • Ranking by question type
  • Average response time
  • Time management ranking
  • Percentage of questions answered correctly
  • Ability to benchmark against other test takers from the past three years
  • Customized summary report for each section that assesses strengths and weaknesses.

GMAT Score Cancellation and Reinstatement

The candidates can cancel their score up to 72 hours after the completion of the exam. The option to cancel your score may take up to 24 hours to appear, depending on the location of your test center. The candidate is charged $25 fee to cancel scores after leaving the test center. The steps to cancel the GMAT Score are:

  1. Go to the official website of GMAT.
  2.  Log in to your account.
  3. Click on the Cancel score option.

Once cancelled, the GMAT Score can be reinstated with a fee of $50. The candidates can reinstate their score by logging into his/her account in the official website of GMAT and clicking on the reinstate score option.

Note: Only those GMAT Exams can be reinstated which are taken on or after January 1, 2014.

*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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