Is your GMAT score good enough to get you into the business school of your choice? Read on to understand GMAT scoring and learn how MBA programs evaluate your scores during the admission process.

On test day, as soon as you've finished taking the  GMAT , the testing computer will calculate and display your unofficial results (everything except your essay score). You will have two minutes to decide whether to report your results to business schools, or to cancel them. Here's what you need to know to put your GMAT score into perspective.

## Average GMAT Scores

Total GMAT scores range from 205 to 805, and the average total GMAT score is currently 546.

Check out the average GMAT Focus scores:

SectionAverage GMAT Score
Verbal 78.99
Quantitative 77.71
Data Insights 74.41

Source:  GMAC

## Understanding GMAT Scoring

### The GMAT Scores That Matter

Your official GMAT score report will feature each section score and your total score.

### How the GMAT is Scored

Here's a quick breakdown of how your GMAT score is calculated:

 Score Range How It's Calculated Total Score 205–805 Reported in 10-point increments Based on all three section results Quantitative Score 60–90 Based on: the number of questions you get right levels of difficulty for questions you get right the number of questions you answer Verbal Score 60–90 Based on: the number of questions you get right levels of difficulty for questions you get right the number of questions you answer IData Insights 60–90 Based on: the number of questions you get right levels of difficulty for questions you get right the number of questions you answer

### GMAT Percentiles

Next to each scores you’ll see your GMAT score percentile, which is another way for you to compare your scores to other GMAT test-takers. For example, if you see a percentile of 72 next to your Verbal score, it means that 72 percent of the people who took this test scored lower than you did on the Verbal section. These percentiles are calculated annually using GMAT scores from the previous three years.

## What is a good GMAT Score for YOUR Goals?

A good GMAT score is one that fits within the range of scores your MBA program usually looks for or accepts. You can find average GMAT scores and other statistics on the “Admissions” tab of our business school profiles . Compare your scores to the schools on your list to see how you compete.

### Sample MBA Profile

#### Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
485 - 605
GPA
3.0 - 3.7

Many business schools tend to focus on the GMAT total score, which means that you may make up for weakness in one area by being strong in another. For example, if your quantitative skills are better than your verbal skills, they’ll help pull up your total score—although some of the more selective schools say they prefer to see math and verbal sub-scores that are balanced.

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