GMAT provides a reasonably valid and reliable measure of the applicant's
general verbal and quantitative abilities. These attributes, which
develop over a long period of time, are related to success in graduate
Therefore, the admissions committees look at your GMAT score to
determine if you have the academic ability to succeed in business
school. An outstanding GMAT score won't necessarily get you into
the school of your choice but a low score will probably keep you
out. If you scored poorly on the GMAT, consider taking it again.
Admissions committees usually focus on your most recent score.
Furthermore, GMAT scores are used as one (and only one) of several
sources of information about an applicant. The school will also
consider academic records and other information obtained from application
materials, such as working experience, activities, and commitment.
Unlike GPA, which varies in meaning according to the grading standards
in each country, GMAT score is based on the same standard for all
applicants and therefore can be compared across all test-takers.
Verbal and Quantitative
Verbal and quantitative scores range from 200 to 800. About two-thirds
of test takers score between 400 to 600.
Analytical Writing Assessment
AWA scores range from 0 to 6 and represent the average of the rating
from the two essays. Because the essays are scored so differently
from the Verbal and Quantitative sections, essay scores are not
included in your total scores.
If you are an international student, your TOEFL score will also
be considered as an indicator of your English proficiency.