GMAT Scoring with Score Grid

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Three factors determine your score:

  • The percentage of questions you answer correctly
  • The level of difficulty of the questions you answer.
  • The total number of questions you answer.



The Quant and Verbal sections determine your GMAT Score out of 800.
The median test score (i.e. 50th percentile) is around 550. The 90th percentile is a 700.
The Quant Section Score ranges from 0-60.   The Verbal Section Score ranges from 0-60 as well.

The AWA is scored differently and does not contribute toward your score out of 800.  More on AWA

How to use the GMAT Score Chart:  The Quant Score and Verbal Score yield your Total Score. The Left 2 Columns represent the GMAT Verbal Percentile & Verbal Section Score. The top 2 Rows represent the GMAT Quant Percentile & Quant Section Score

GMAT Score Grid

Q% 98 93 86 82 77 75 72 68 65 61 58 56 52 49 48 43 39 38 36 32 28 27 27 22 19
V% # 51+ 50 49 48 47 46 45 44 43 42 41 40 39 38 37 36 35 34 33 32 31 30 29 28 27
99 51+ 800 790 780 780 780 770 770 770 760 760 750 750 740 740 730 720 710 700 690 680 670 660 650 640 630
99 50 790 790 780 780 770 760 760 760 750 750 740 740 730 730 720 710 700 690 680 670 660 650 640 630 620
99 49 790 780 770 770 760 760 750 750 740 740 730 730 720 720 720 710 700 690 680 670 660 650 640 630 620
99 48 790 780 770 770 760 760 750 740 730 720 720 710 710 700 700 690 680 680 670 660 650 640 630 620 610
99 47 790 770 770 760 750 750 740 730 730 720 720 710 710 700 700 690 680 670 660 650 640 630 620 610 600
99 46 780 770 770 760 750 740 730 730 730 720 720 710 700 700 690 680 670 660 650 640 630 620 610 600 590
98 45 780 770 760 750 740 740 730 720 720 710 700 700 690 680 680 670 660 650 640 630 620 610 600 600 590
97 44 770 760 760 750 740 730 720 710 710 700 690 690 680 670 660 650 640 640 630 630 620 610 600 590 580
96 43 770 760 750 740 730 720 710 700 700 690 680 670 670 660 650 640 640 630 620 610 600 590 580 580 570
95 42 770 760 750 740 730 720 710 700 690 690 680 670 660 650 650 630 630 630 620 610 600 590 580 570 570
92 41 760 750 740 720 710 710 700 690 690 690 680 670 660 650 640 630 630 620 610 600 590 580 570 560 560
89 40 750 740 720 710 700 700 690 690 680 680 670 660 650 650 640 630 620 610 600 590 580 570 560 560 550
87 39 740 730 720 710 700 690 690 680 670 660 660 650 650 640 630 620 610 600 600 590 580 570 560 550 540
83 38 740 730 720 700 690 680 680 670 670 650 650 640 640 630 620 610 610 600 590 580 570 560 550 550 540
80 37 730 720 700 700 690 680 670 660 650 650 640 640 630 630 620 610 600 590 590 580 570 560 550 540 540
78 36 720 720 700 690 680 670 660 660 650 640 630 620 610 610 600 600 590 580 580 570 560 550 550 540 530
73 35 720 710 700 680 670 660 650 650 640 630 630 620 610 600 600 590 580 570 560 550 540 540 530 520 520
68 34 710 700 690 680 670 650 640 640 630 620 620 610 600 590 590 580 570 570 560 550 540 530 520 520 520
66 33 700 700 680 660 650 650 640 630 620 610 600 600 590 580 580 570 570 560 540 540 530 530 520 510 510
63 32 690 690 670 660 650 640 630 620 620 610 600 600 590 570 570 560 560 550 550 540 530 520 510 500 500
58 31 690 680 670 650 640 630 620 610 600 600 590 590 580 570 560 550 550 540 540 530 530 520 510 500 490
54 30 680 670 660 640 630 630 620 610 600 590 590 580 570 560 550 540 540 540 530 520 510 510 500 490 480
52 29 670 660 650 640 630 620 610 600 590 590 580 570 570 560 550 540 530 530 520 510 500 500 490 480 470
47 28 670 650 640 630 620 610 600 590 590 580 570 560 560 550 540 540 530 530 520 500 500 490 480 470 460
43 27 650 640 630 620 610 600 600 590 580 570 560 560 550 540 530 530 520 510 510 500 490 480 470 460 450
40 26 640 630 620 600 600 590 590 580 570 560 550 550 540 530 520 520 510 510 500 500 490 480 470 460 450
35 25 630 620 610 600 590 580 580 570 560 550 540 540 530 520 510 510 500 500 500 490 480 470 460 450 440
33 24 620 610 600 590 580 570 570 560 550 540 530 530 520 510 510 500 500 490 490 480 470 460 450 440 430
28 23 620 610 600 580 570 560 560 550 550 540 530 530 520 510 500 500 490 490 480 480 470 460 440 430 420
26 22 610 600 590 580 570 560 550 550 540 530 530 530 510 510 500 500 490 480 470 470 460 450 430 420 410
23 21 610 600 590 580 570 560 550 550 540 530 520 520 510 510 500 490 480 470 460 450 450 440 430 420 410
19 20 600 590 580 570 560 550 550 540 530 520 520 510 500 500 490 480 470 460 460 450 440 430 420 410 400

How to use the above chart*:   For example, if you got a Quant Score of 48 (82%) and a Verbal Score of 37 (80%), then from the above chart you would have a score close to a 700.   From the chart below, a 700 would be in the 90th percentile.


GMAT Score to Percentile chart

GMAT Score Percentile
800 99%
790 99%
780 99%
770 99%
760 99%
750 98%
740 97%
730 96%
720 94%
710 92%
700 90%
690 88%
680 85%
670 84%
660 82%
650 79%
640 75%
630 73%
620 70%
610 67%
600 64%
590 61%
580 58%
570 55%
560 52%
550 49%
540 46%
530 41%
520 40%
510 37%
500 34%
490 32%
480 29%
470 27%
460 24%
450 21%
440 20%
430 18%
420 16%
410 14%
400 13%
390 11%
380 10%
370 9%
360 8%
350 6%
340 6%
330 5%
320 4%
310 3%
300 3%
290 3%
280 2%
270 2%
260 2%
250 1%
240 1%
230 1%
220 0%
210 0%
200 0%

Main Takeaways

  • The Verbal Score has a long tail.  The highest quant score, 51, is only the 98th percentile.  On the other hand, the 99th percentile for verbal starts at a 46.   This means verbal raw scores of 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, and 51 are all 99th percentile.   This brings me to my next point:
  • The Importance of the Verbal Score: While both the Quant and Verbal Scores are important, the verbal score is especially important.  Somebody amazing in Verbal and okay in Quant will have an overall higher score than someone amazing in Quant and okay in verbal. Someone with Q44 (68%), V48(99%) will score a 740 (97th percentile overall) versus someone with a Q51 (98%), V34(68%) will score a 710 (92nd percentile).  The long tail in verbal means someone really strong in verbal could make up for a weak quant score.
  • The AWA (i.e. the essay section) has a separate score and is irrelevant to your overall score which is out of 800.   As long as you score above a 4 (out of 6) on the AWA, you should be fine.   More on AWA

*This table should be used as an estimate only.  Percentiles for the Verbal and Quant Sections are from mba.com.   The scores are derived based on forum postings and extrapolation.  Actual score may vary +/- 10 points or more.  Note that the lowest score displayed on the chart is a 400 (13%).  I did this to keep that chart from becoming too large to display on the page.
**Percentile data from  http://www.mba.com/mba/thegmat/gmatscoresandscorereports/whatyourpercentilerankingmeans.htm Be aware that percentiles can change from time to time.

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28 Responses to GMAT Scoring with Score Grid

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  2. shivgan joshi says:

    Good information, I was looking for it…
    What I observe is that a good math score and offset a poor verbal score.
    Means scoring full in maths can make sure that overall one doesnt fall below 90 percentile.
    As compared to the entrance exams in my country math is good and can be done.

  3. SS1905 says:

    This chart is pretty accurate. It matches completely with my final scaled scores vs total score vs percentiles

  4. Gmatfailure says:

    I took the gmat and got a score of 210 my gpa is 3.5 The schools Gmat average is 610. Should I process my application or retake it.

  5. sharad says:

    I have a score of 680 and percentile is 85. will i be able to make into insead, MIT or Berkley? I have an work exp of a little over 5 years.

  6. Nayla V says:

    I got 210 at the end of the exam is that the final? I thought I went well my gpa is 3.8 I studied for almost 8 weeks don’t know what went wrong I feel stupid…

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    I got 230 at the end of the exam is that the final? I thought I went well my gpa is 4.55 I studied for almost 2 months and I felt that I answered well in the exam don’t know what went wrong I feel stupid…

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  16. sankeerth says:

    there are only 37 in math and 41 in verbal
    how does gmat take this into 51+ mark
    how many questions should i get correct to get around 48 in math and 45 in verbal?

  17. SAMRAT PAHWA says:

    I have started preparing for GMAT for 2months.

    I had scores of the Gmat Prep Test 1 and Princeton Review Free CAT.
    Even though the scores in themselves were objective and provide the review and analysis of my performace, but I was not sure which way my preparation is going.

    The mentioned grid has given me an eagles view to gauge into the overall improvements that I have made so far, and how much effort do I need to put in to reach the desired scrore.

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  18. Earthwood says:

    Hi, I took the exam two months ago. My score is 770, Q50, V45. This is slightly different from what would be expected from the above table. Maybe the exam pattern has changed slightly over the past few years, or this grid has slight flexibility upwards (and perhaps downwards too).

    • Earthwood says:

      Sorry, was looking at the grid with the x & y axes reversed :-) The score is accurately reflected. Very good dataset.

    • Lynn says:

      My son took the test on Saturday. He said it showed 430 at the end of the test. Now waiting on final. Approximately how much more scoring may be added to his total? His 1st choice grad school requires 450.

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