GMAT Score Percentiles

GMAT Percentiles for Quantitative, Verbal, IR and AWA scores

 
The official GMAT score card would give you your total GMAT score and score for each of the sections along with the percentile rankings for each of the above scores.

What is GMAT score percentile? What is a good GMAT percentile? How do you interpret the percentile score?

This article will cover these aspects and lot more. We’ve also used the latest data available from the GMAT official website and listed down the percentile rankings for the various GMAT scores.
 

GMAT score percentile

Percentile ranking compares how you’ve fared in comparison to the other test takers. This ranking which is calculated every year is based on test takers’ data for the previous three years. A percentile ranking of 90% indicates that you’ve performed better than 90 percent of the test takers while 10 percent of the test takers’ performance has been equally good or better than yours.

So, a good score would mean a higher percentile ranking and vice versa.

The most recent percentile rankings are based on data collected during the period 2014 – 2017. This means that even with the same score, there’s a chance that your percentile ranking may slightly change when the new rankings come up in the following years.

According to GMAC, due the score preview feature of the GMAT which started in 2014, candidates now have the choice to cancel the GMAT scores that don’t meet their expectation level. As a result, there has been an increase in the average GMAT scores that candidates send to business schools, resulting in higher GMAT averages across b schools. With more candidates reporting higher score, percentile rankings have seen a decline.
 

GMAT percentile – Total scores

The following table gives the most recent data of the total GMAT score and the percentile rankings. For example, a total GMAT score of 730 gives 95th percentile. So, you’ve performed better than 95 percent of the GMAT test takers, which is good. However, with a percentile ranking lower than 60% and with 40% candidates having a higher score than yours, your score would be far less competitive.

With this comparative ranking, you’d know where you’re placed; a percentile ranking of 99% makes your score very competitive as only 1% candidates have a score more than yours. While applying to the top business schools, a percentile score of 90% or above is desirable.

Total Score Percentile Total Score Percentile
800 99% 490 25%
790 99% 480 23%
780 99% 470 21%
770 99% 460 18%
760 99% 450 17%
750 98% 440 15%
740 97% 430 14%
730 95% 420 12%
720 94% 410 11%
710 90% 400 10%
700 88% 390 9%
690 85% 380 8%
680 82% 370 7%
670 80% 360 7%
660 77% 350 6%
650 73% 340 5%
640 68% 330 4%
630 66% 320 4%
620 63% 310 3%
610 59% 300 3%
600 56% 290 3%
590 52% 280 2%
580 49% 270 2%
570 46% 260 2%
560 42% 250 2%
550 39% 240 1%
540 37% 230 1%
530 33% 220 1%
520 31% 210 0%
510 29% 200 0%
500 27% 200 0%

 
Similarly, percentile rankings are obtained for the section scores as well.

The quantitative and the verbal section scaled score ranges from 0 – 60. However, candidates generally receive scores from 6 – 51. The following tables show the percentile rankings for the scaled scores in the Quantitative and Verbal sections.
 

GMAT percentile – Quantitative Section

Quant Scaled Score Percentile Quant Scaled Score Percentile
51 96% 28 14%
50 85% 27 12%
49 74% 26 12%
48 67% 25 10%
47 61% 24 9%
46 58% 23 8%
45 55% 22 7%
44 50% 21 6%
43 47% 20 6%
42 43% 19 5%
41 41% 18 5%
40 39% 17 4%
39 35% 16 3%
38 33% 15 3%
37 32% 14 3%
36 29% 13 2%
35 26% 12 2%
34 24% 11 2%
33 23% 10 1%
32 21% 9 1%
31 18% 8 1%
30 17% 7 1%
29 15% 6 0%

 

GMAT percentile – Verbal Section

Verbal Scaled Score Percentile Verbal Scaled Score Percentile
51 99% 28 51%
50 99% 27 46%
49 99% 26 43%
48 99% 25 39%
47 99% 24 36%
46 99% 23 32%
45 99% 22 30%
44 98% 21 26%
42 96% 20 23%
41 93% 19 19%
40 90% 18 18%
39 88% 17 15%
38 85% 16 12%
37 82% 15 10%
36 80% 14 9%
35 76% 13 7%
34 71% 12 5%
33 68% 11 4%
32 66% 10 3%
31 61% 9 2%
30 58% 8 1%
29 56% 7 1%
    6 0%

Both the Quantitative and Verbal scaled scores contribute to the total GMAT score out of 800. For insights on how the scaled scores are converted into a score out of 800, read this article on GMAT calculator.
 

GMAT percentile – Integrated Reasoning (IR) Section

In the IR section, score can range from 1 to 8 in one point increment. This section score is not taken into account in the total GMAT score calculation.

IR Score Percentile
8 92%
7 82%
6 70%
5 54%
4 38%
3 24%
2 11%
1 0%

 

GMAT percentile – Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) Section

The AWA section score can range from 0 to 6 in half point increment. Again, this section score doesn’t reflect in the total score.

AWA Score Percentile
6 88%
5.5 79%
5 53%
4.5 42%
4 17%
3.5 11%
3 4%
2.5 3%
2 2%
1.5 2%
1 1%
0.5 1%
0 0%

 
The percentile rankings in the article reflect the data calculated in the summer of 2018. As this data is updated each year, make sure to check the latest data available on the official website.
 
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