If you’re looking to be accepted into a competitive business school or start an MBA program, you will most likely need a great GMAT score. The GMAT was created by business schools to gauge an applicant’s readiness for graduate-level studies. It’s an internationally accepted test.
Naturally, you will want to know right away what your GMAT score is and where your score lies among the competition. But there are two different scores available to you – the unofficial and the official score. Read on to know when you will get your scores, when your schools will receive them, and other things you can do after you take the GMAT.
The Graduate Management Admission Test, also known as the GMAT, is a multiple-choice computer-adaptive standardized test taken electronically for 3.5 hours on a computer. It was created by the Graduate Management Admission Council, or GMAC, to provide business schools a standard gauge of an applicants’ preparedness to begin graduate-level studies.
“Created by business schools for business schools, the GMAT exam is the most trusted, proven and well-understood predictor of academic success,” reads the GMAC about page.
Getting a high score on the GMAT will raise your chances of being accepted into a competitive business school. The GMAT tests your understanding of basic arithmetic, algebra, geometry, data analysis, and grammar. It also tests how well you analyze and understand texts, your critical thinking, and your problem-solving abilities. Having good critical thinking skills is key to a high GMAT score.
The GMAT is made of four scored sections: Analytical Writing, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative, and Verbal. Two sections, analytical writing and integrated reasoning, are scored individually. Two other sections, quantitative and verbal, are also scored individually, but then combined to give your total composite score. MBA programs will weigh the verbal and quantitative scores most heavily for admittance.
The quantitative and verbal sections each have a score of between 0 and 60, where the average scores are 39 and 27 for the quantitative and verbal sections, respectively. Business schools also focus on the composite 200 to 800 score scale, which has an average of 552.
You actually get to see your GMAT score right away – your unofficial score, that is. After you finish the test, the computer screen shows the scores for the verbal, quantitative, and integrated reasoning sections, your total score, and even your percentile ranking for each section. The analytical writing section is not included in the unofficial score because it’s graded by humans who need to analyze the answers.
The scores on the computer screen are unofficial for two reasons: it compares your performance with other test-takers and gives you the option to cancel your scores and not send them to your chosen schools if you don’t like the grade you received. After you’ve seen your score on the screen, you must decide whether to keep the scores or cancel them. Keeping the scores will send them to the schools you chose on your GMAT registration.
Canceling your scores will not send them to any schools and only you will know your score. You can also cancel your scores within 72 hours of taking the exam for a $25 fee. If you choose to cancel your score, you must wait at least 16 days to take the GMAT again. If you change your mind at a later date, you can reinstate your GMAT score for a $50 fee.
Your official GMAT score report will be made available to you within 20 days after you’ve taken the test. Pearson VUE will email you a unique link to view your scores as soon as they’re available. The official score report includes your official and final scores and percentile ranking for the verbal, quantitative and integrated reasoning sections; your total score; and analytical writing score.
It’s important to know when a school will receive your official GMAT scores because they often have application deadlines. This information helps in planning when to take the test to allow for plenty of time for the scores to arrive to your chosen schools before deadline. The GMAT fee allows you to send official scores to up to five schools of your selection. You will have the option to send official scores before taking the exam, or after your see your scores on the computer screen.
Schools should receive your GMAT scores within 20 days after you’ve taken the exam, about the same time you receive your official scores. Keep in mind that there’s a $28 fee to send scores to each additional school at a later date and they receive scores much later than if you had sent them right away. To do this, you must wait until receiving your official GMAT scores, which means it will take at least 20 days for you to order additional score reports. It will take an additional five days after that for your additional reports to be sent out to your chosen school.
GMAT scores are valid for five years, which means you can send out additional score reports for the $28 fee each throughout that time.
The Graduate Management Admission Test, or GMAT, is an important test made by business schools to gauge an applicants’ preparedness to start graduate-level studies. If you are looking to start an MBA program, a GMAT is required to get into a competitive school.
Getting a good GMAT score will raise your chances of being accepted into a competitive business school. That’s why knowing your score right away is important. You get to see your unofficial scores on the computer screen immediately when you complete the GMAT test and you and your chosen schools will receive an official score report within 20 days.
GMAT scores are available for five years and you can get additional score reports for a fee. You can also cancel your score immediately after taking the GMAT test, and if you change your mind, you can reinstate your score for a small fee.
Knowing when your scores will be made available to your school helps with planning when to take the GMAT to make sure scores are in before application deadlines.