Understanding the GMAT Score
The GMAT score is computed through a fairly complex unknown algorithm. A score of 700+ is considered a good score for top universities. The common misconception about the GMAT score is that it is the make-or-break factor of a student’s application. It can be a critical factor however other components of the application matter as well.
Total GMAT scores range from 200 to 800; two-thirds of test takers score between 400 and 600. Verbal and Quantitative scores range from 0 to 60; scores below 9 and above 44 for the Verbal section and below 7 and above 50 for the Quantitative section are rare. Verbal and Quantitative scores are on a fixed scale and can be compared across all GMAT test administrations.
If you do not finish in the allotted time, your scores will be calculated based upon the number of questions answered as long as you worked on each section. Your score will decrease significantly with each unanswered question.
The test also appropriates a percentile rank to your score.The percentile rank of your score shows you the percentage of tests taken with scores lower than you for the most recent three-year period. Every year, each test taker’s score is updated with the most recent year’s percentiles. It is observed that test takers with better Verbal score and an average quant score will have an higher overall score than a student with better quant score and average verbal score