# Get to know the GMAT percentiles and scores.

Students taking the GMAT often ask what really matters on GMAT – is it their raw scores in Verbal and Quant sections or do their IR and AWA scores even matter? And, the most common question they ask is – how does GMAT calculate their total score? As confusing as it can get, in this article, we have tried to break down the common doubts students have around understanding GMAT scores and percentiles.

One of the initial steps that students take in realizing their Business school dream is to take the GMAT and get a decent score. But, understanding how the GMAT is scored, decoding their GMAT score report, and getting a good grasp on the ESR can get confusing for them. Clearly, there is a lot you need to know about GMAT scores before you can fully comprehend where you stand and what your score means. Let’s take them one by one –

An Overview of the GMAT Scores

The first step to understanding GMAT percentiles and scores is learning about its overview. The GMAT scores range between 200 – 800 and are scored in increments of 10. There are four sections in GMAT – Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning and Analytical Writing Assessment. The GMAT is a key indicator of a candidate’s readiness for a graduate management degree such as a MBA and plays a key role in helping admission committees in decision making as well. A score lower than 400 is considered poor and a majority of students usually score between 400 – 600.

How is GMAT Scored?

As already mentioned, there are four sections on GMAT i.e. Quant, Verbal, IR and AWA. Each section has its own scoring scale –

GMAT Percentiles – Understanding the Basics

Your official GMAT score card consists of your total GMAT score and your section scores along with the percentile rankings for each. Your total score ranges from 200-800 and you are scored separately for the four individual sections i.e. Quant, Verbal, IR and AWA. So, how do you convert these section scores or your total GMAT score into percentiles?

Before we start learning how to calculate your GMAT score percentile, let’s see what it signifies – A GMAT percentile simply depicts the percentage of students who got a score lower than yours. So, clearly, the higher the percentile, the better are your chances of seeking admission in your target school. Check out the table below to view GMAT Scores and their adjacent percentiles –

GMAT Quant Percentiles

We have already seen in the table above that your percentiles depend upon your total score. But, how are these total scores calculated? We know that your total GMAT scores depend upon your section scores i.e. your score in GMAT Quant and Verbal. Let’s first take up the Quant scores and the respective percentiles. The Quant section on GMAT is scored on a scale of 0-60. In the table below, you can see the scaled Quant scores and their percentiles –

GMAT Verbal Percentile

The scoring for Verbal is done differently compared to GMAT Quant, even though the scoring scale is the same for both the sections. Just like Quant, GMAT Verbal is also scored on a scale of 0 – 60. In the table below, you will see the GMAT Verbal scores and the percentiles associated to them –

GMAT IR Percentiles

We saw above that the Quant and Verbal sections in GMAT are scored in increments of 10 points. The scoring scale of IR, however, is quite different. The IR section is scored on a scale of 0 – 8 and in increments of 1 whole point. And hence, the percentiles of IR section are also different. Let’s see the table to understand how –

GMAT AWA Percentiles

So, we saw how Quant, Verbal, and IR sections are scored on GMAT. Now, let’s see how the AWA section is scored. Firstly, the AWA section is scored on a scale of 0 – 6 and secondly, it is scored in half point increments unlike other sections that are scored in either 10 point or whole point increments. Mentioned in the table below are the GMAT AWA scores and their respective percentiles –

GMAT Percentiles: In A Nutshell