Understanding your GMAT Percentile and Scores

GMAT percentile

What is your GMAT Percentile?

You just got your GMAT percentile and score back. What is the correlation between the two? This will post will break it down for you.

The range for your GMAT percentile is from 0% to 99%, and this is calculated for each of your five scores.

  • Total Score ranges from 200 to 800, intervals of 10
  • Raw Verbal Score ranges from 0 to 51, intervals of 1
  • Raw Quantitative Scores range from 0 to 60, intervals of 1
  • Integrated Reasoning Scores range from 1 to 8, intervals of 1
  • Analytical Writing Scores range from 0 to 6, intervals of 0.5

E.g. Obtaining a total score of 740 would put you in the 97th GMAT percentile, which means that you did better than 97% of GMAT test takers. A score of 760 to 800 puts you in the 99th percentile. Obtaining a score of 560 puts you in the 50th percentile or right on par with the average score.

The official GMAT website publishes the GMAT percentile that is assigned to each score. Your GMAT score is good for five years. During that time, your score will never change. However, your percentile could change every year, since it is an dynamic sample of the most recent three year’s worth of test scores.

Below, I’ve included  all the charts from the GMAC website. They provide conversions from all five types of GMAT scores to GMAT percentiles. Please note the tables were last updated by GMAC on July 1, 2013. There are a total of 794,601 scores in the current 3 year sample of scores. You can see that the sheer size of the sample will make it difficult for your percentile to change more than a few percentage points. For the admission committee, they are more concerned about your relative performance (GMAT percentile) compared to the most recent pool of candidates rather than your score, which is just a number.

Integrated Reasoning Percentiles

The Integrated Reasoning section was introduced on June 5, 2012, so the IR percentile rankings are updated more frequently to reflect the increasing pool of IR scores. This is based on a smaller pool of test takers due to its recent introduction. Therefore, you can expect the percentile for your IR score to change as more scores are put into the pool. As of July 1, 2013, there are only 196,712 scores (compared to 794,601 test results for the other four types of scores).

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GMAT Percentile Charts

GMAT Score GMAT Percentile
760-800 99%
750 98%
740 97%
730 96%
720 94%
710 92%
700 90%
690 87%
680 85%
670 84%
660 81%
650 78%
640 73%
630 72%
620 69%
610 66%
600 62%
590 59%
580 56%
570 53%
560 50%
550 47%
540 44%
530 40%
520 38%
510 35%
500 33%
490 30%
480 28%
470 26%
460 23%
450 21%
440 19%
430 17%
420 15%
410 14%
400 12%
390 11%
380 10%
370 9%
360 8%
340-350 6%
330 5%
320 4%
280-310 3%
260-270 2%
220-250 1%
200-210 0%

Quant   | Verbal   | AWA   | Integrated Reasoning  
Raw Score Percentile Raw Score Percentile Score Percentile Score Percentile
51-60 96% 45-51 99% 6 90% 8 92%
50 90% 44 97% 5.5 77% 7 81%
49 83% 42-43 96% 5 57% 6 67%
48 78% 41 93% 4.5 39% 5 52%
47 73% 40 90% 4 20% 4 37%
46 71% 39 88% 3.5 10% 3 23%
45 68% 38 84% 3 6% 2 12%
44 63% 37 81% 2.0-2.5 4% 1 0%
43 61% 36 79% 0.5-1.5 3%
42 57% 35 74% 0 0%
41 54% 34 69%
40 52% 33 67%
39 48% 32 64%
38 46% 31 59%
37 44% 30 56%
36 40% 29 54%
35 36% 28 48%
34 35% 27 43%
33 33% 26 41%
32 30% 25 36%
31 26% 24 34%
30 25% 23 30%
29 22% 22 28%
28 20% 21 24%
27 18% 20 20%
26 16% 19 17%
25 14% 18 16%
24 13% 17 13%
23 12% 16 11%
22 10% 15 9%
21 9% 14 8%
20 8% 13 6%
19 7% 12 4%
18 6% 11 3%
17 5% 9-10 2%
14-16 4% 7-8 1%
13 3% 0-6 0%
10-12 2%
7-9 1%
0-6 0%

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