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GMAT Score Percentiles

This post has been updated to include , which represent a sample of more than 700,000 students who took the GMAT from 2014-2017.

There’s a lot to take in when assessing your GMAT scores and decoding your GMAT score report. First off, you’ve got a raw score in both the Verbal and Quantitative sections. Those are scored on a scale of 0 to 51 and 0 to 60 respectively. Then there’s the ever-confusing Integrated Reasoning score, which is on a scale of 1 to 8. Then, you’ve got an Analytical Writing score on a scale of 0 to 6. And, if you’re still with me, there’s the Total Score, coming out of left field on a scale of 200 to 800. Okay, the 200 to 800 score range is a pretty common one in standardized testing. Still, it’s hard to keep your brain from seeping out your ears when trying get a handle on your score report.

The good news is what really matters to admissions committees is where you stand in the field, that is your percentile ranks. That just means how you stack up against other test takers, which is pretty useful for admissions committees.

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The Basics of GMAT Percentiles

Your total GMAT score ranges from 200-800, and your section scores have their own score scales as well. How can you turn test scores and section scores into GMAT score percentiles? Simple! You’re in the 75th percentile if 75% of students scored lower than you, the 90th percentile if 90% of test takers have lower scores, and so on.

In other words, the higher your percentile number is, the better. At the 99th percentile, only 1% of students got a better score than you, and the 100th percentile places you at the very top among all GMAT test-takers. In contrast, if you’re at the 50th or 60th percentile, you’re not that competitive. And once drop below the 50th percentile, your score is quite poor, and you may need to retake the GMAT (and, unfortunately, pay the GMAT exam fee once more).

Knowing the percentiles lets them know if you’ve merely achieved an average GMAT score, or if you’ve shot through the roof with your scores. GMAC produces this information on GMAT score percentiles (in fact, they in summer 2018), and for your convenience, I’ve reproduced it below.

Total GMAT Score Percentiles

PercentileScorePercentileScore
99%760-80031%520
98%75029%510
97%74027%500
95%73025%490
94%72023%480
90%71021%470
88%70018%460
85%69017%450
82%68015%440
80%67014%430
77%66012%420
73%65011%410
68%64010%400
66%6309%390
63%6208%380
59%6107%370
56%6007%360
52%5906%350
49%5805%340
46%5704%320-330
42%5603%290-310
39%5502%250-280
37%5401%220-240
33%5300%200-210

Scaled Score Percentiles

Quant PercentileQuant Scaled ScoreVerbal PercentileVerbal Scaled Score
96%5199%51
85%5099%50
74%4999%49
67%4899%48
61%4799%47
58%4699%46
55%4599%45
50%4498%44
47%4396%43
43%4296%42
41%4193%41
39%4090%40
35%3988%39
33%3885%38
32%3782%37
29%3680%36
26%3576%35
24%3471%34
23%3368%33
21%3266%32
18%3161%31
17%3058%30
15%2956%29
14%2851%28
12%2746%27
12%2643%26
10%2539%25
9%2436%24
8%2332%23
7%2230%22
6%2126%21
6%2023%20
5%1919%19
5%1818%18
4%1715%17
3%1612%16
3%1510%15
3%149%14
2%137%13
2%125%12
2%114%11
1%103%10
1%92%9
1%81%8
1%71%7
0%60%6

AWA and IR Percentiles

AWA PercentileAWA ScoreIR PercentileIR Score
88%692%8
79%5.582%7
53%570%6
42%4.554%5
17%438%4
11%3.524%3
4%311%2
3%2.50%1
2%1.5-2.0
1%0.5-1
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There you have it! Of course, you’ll have to do research on your program to make your own determinations about what is a good GMAT score, and gauge how hard you think the GMAT is (as well as other considerations about the GMAT test). But then, you’ll be well on your way. 🙂

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