If you are thinking about taking the GMAT exam, you might have a target score in mind. But you should know that there are many ways to achieve that score. Using this GMAT score chart you can find the best combination according to your situation.
In your GMAT score report you will see three scores:
The GMAT scores go from 200 to 800. This score is only based on the Quantitative and Verbal section of the exam.
For the Quant and Verbal score, there are two scales that are used:
Currently, both Quant and Verbal scores only go up to 51, which is what you will see in the chart. The gmat score percentile represents the percent of test takers that you performed better than (based on data from the last 3 years). For example, a ranking of 80% means that 20% of test takers performed as well or better than you and 80% did not do as well.
A common misconception is that people think that the gmat score percentile means the percent of correct questions. Now you know it's not.
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I have made some color coding so that it's easier to understand.
First, you will notice Low, Medium, and High on the rows and columns. Those are the difficulties that I have seen students feel (in my experience). For example in Quant, obtaining a gmat score of 43 is not too hard for most people, while in Verbal, obtaining a gmat score of 42 is very hard. You can see that this correlates with the gmat score percentiles too.
This will give you an idea of what to aim for in your preparation. If you are starting with a low verbal gmat score, it might be too optimistic to aim for 50 or 51 in quant to compensate (for most people).
I have highlighted the score combinations for 650 (which is considered a good gmat score for most schools in Europe and Canada) and 700 (which is considered the minimum gmat score for top schools in the US).
There is a blue rectangle that I have highlighted, and those gmat score combinations are the ones that I consider the most balanced and the ones you should aim for in your GMAT preparation.
The GMAT score is good for up to 5 years. Even the scores that you cancel can be reinstated in that time (minus 1 month, for administrative procedures).