How The GMAT Is Scored

If you are thinking about taking the GMAT one of the first things you want to understand is how the test is scored.

Quick answer

The GMAT is scored on an scale from 200 to 800, with 800 being a perfect score.

Long answer 

The GMAT consists of four separate sections, each having its own unique way of being scored. Let's look at them each individually.

Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA): Scored on a scale of 0.0 to 6.0 with intervals of .5. One grader is a computer and the other is human. If these two graders differ by more than a point then a third grader will read your AWA and determine the final grade. This section does not contribute to your 800 score.

Integrated Reasoning: Scored on a scale of 1-8 based on how you perform on the 12 questions in the section. Each question on this section is typically complex and may contain multiple parts. Only questions for which you answer all parts correctly will be counted as correct. No partial credit will be awarded. This section does not contribute to your 800 score.

Verbal/Quantitative: Scored on a scale from 6 to 51, these sections contribute to your 800 score. Your score is based on completion, accuracy, and difficulty of questions. These sections are computer adaptive, meaning that as you answer questions correctly the test will give you harder questions and the same is true in reverse.

If you want to know where a certain score would rank you among your peers, you will want to check out the GMAT percentiles.

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