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GMAT Score Chart (and How to Use It), Updated for 2019

The GMAT score chart explains how your scaled scores on the Quant and Verbal sections map to your 800-point total score, and can give you insight into where you need to improve to raise your total score.

The GMAT scoring algorithm and this chart have changed over time.  Especially as you approach a perfect GMAT score, there has been compression — achieving a 780, 790 or 800 GMAT score now requires higher scaled scores in each of the sections than it used to several years ago.  This chart is updated as of September 2019.

Verbal
Quant
30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51
30 510520530530540550560560570580580590600610610620630640640650660670
31 520530530540550560560570580580590600610610620630640640650660670670
32 520530530540550560570570580590600610610620630640640650660670670680
33 530540550560560570580580590600610610620630640640650660670670680690
34 540550560560570580580590600610610620630640640650660670670680690690
35 550560560570580580590600600610620630640640650660670670680690690700
36 550560570580580590600610610620630640640650660670670680690690700710
37 560570580580590600610610620630640640650660670670680690690700710720
38 570580580590600610610620630640640650660670670680690690700710720720
39 580580590600610610620630640640650660670670680690690700710720720730
40 580590600610610620630640640650660670680680690690700710720720730740
41 590600610610620630640640650660670670680690690700710720720730740740
42 600610610620630640640650660670670680690690700710710720730740740750
43 610610620630640640650660670670680690690700710720720730740740750760
44 610620630640640650660670680680690690700710720720730740740750760770
45 620630640640650660670670680690690700700720720730740740750760770770
46 630640640650660670670680690690700710710720730740740750760770770780
47 640640650660660670680690690700710720720730740740750760770770780780
48 640650660670680680690690700710720720730740740750760760770780780780
49 650660670670680690690700710720730740740740750760770770780780780780
50 660670670680690690700710720730740740750750760770770780780780780790
51 670670680690690700710720730740750750760760770770780780780780790800

This chart omits the Integrated Reasoning and Analytical Writing Assessment scores because those do not influence your total score on the GMAT.

You may well ask what a chart like this can tell you about your own GMAT score. By understanding how your scaled scores in the Quant and Verbal map to your total score, you can figure out how much you need to improve your GMAT performance in each section in order to reach your final target score on the 800-point scale, which is the most important score for MBA admissions.

As a result, it can be a great way to understand your strengths and the areas where you need improvement.  Two things will probably stand out. While we don’t detail them in this article, you can find in-depth discussion of them in the links below:

Enhanced Score Reports

The other useful data to have on hand when trying to determine the areas in which you need help is the enhanced score report, which is available to order when you take the GMAT.  This report will, in addition to giving you your scaled quant and verbal scores, also break down your correct and incorrect answers by question type.

GMAT Verbal Question Types

GMAT Quant Question Types

Fundamental Skills from Quant Categories

If you know from the scoring chart above what scaled scores you need to achieve to meet your goal on the 800-point score, and you know from your ESR which question types are holding you back, you have everything you need to create an efficient GMAT study plan where you focus your time on exactly the question types that are holding back your score.  This is the most efficient way to achieve your target score so you can move on with the rest of your MBA application.

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