The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is a computer–adaptive test (CAT) required by most business schools, and provides access to 6,100 different programs worldwide. If you want to get accepted to a competitive program, your GMAT score is very important.
However, GMAT scores vary in importance at different schools. In addition to your GMAT score, schools consider the extent and caliber of your work experience (again, especially for more competitive programs), undergraduate GPA, letters of recommendation, interview and essays. Be sure to contact the specific programs to which you are applying in order to determine their unique requirements.
What specifically does the GMAT test?
The GMAT exam consists of four main parts: Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative section, and Verbal section.
How is the GMAT Scored?
A GMAT score is made up of several different numbers, each of which covers a part of your performance on the GMAT. The most familiar number is the Overall, or composite, GMAT score. This number ranges from 200 to 800 in 10-point increments and is determined by a combination of your scores on the Quantitative and Verbal sections of the test. Business schools tend to focus on your Overall GMAT score.
Your Verbal and Quantitative sections are graded separately. You will receive a score ranging from 0 to 60 for each section. Scores below 8 and above 51 are rare.
Your Integrated Reasoning section is scored from 1 to 8 in 1-point increments. Questions have multiple parts, and you must answer each part correctly to get credit for the question. The Integrated Reasoning score is not included in the Overall score.
Your Analytic Writing Assessment (AWA) section is graded on a scale of 0 to 6 and evaluated by two readers (one human and one computer). GMAC averages the two grades for the essay and rounds to the nearest 1/2 point. Your AWA GMAT score does not count toward your Overall GMAT score.
Your GMAT score remains valid for five years. If you have taken the GMAT several times, GMAC will report all GMAT scores from the past five years.
How can The Princeton Review help?
Small Classes, Personal Attention
GMAT classes consist of 3-5 students, so that you receive plenty of personal attention. GMAT students are also grouped by shared test-taking ability, so you work at the pace that’s right for you.
Top Instructors – Going Above and Beyond
Our GMAT teachers are from recognized universities that have mastered the GMAT Test. All teachers have completed our rigorous GMAT training program and have become experts at teaching our exclusive methods before they teach for us. Of course, they also have great GMAT scores!
A higher chance of scoring above 700 on the GMAT.
13% of Princeton Review students score above 700 on their GMAT tests compared with only 7% amongst all GMAT test takers.
The latest practice tests and course materials
We give you at least four GMAT full-length computer-adaptive diagnostic practice tests with full score reports, plus at least two GMAT practice manuals.