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What is a Good GMAT Score?

 

A good GMAT score is an important factor for all the business school applicants who are trying to increase their odds of getting into their dream school.

However, according to business school admissions experts, what qualifies as a good GMAT score depends both on the competitiveness of the MBA programs where a student desires to get accepted and his or her demographic profile. A good GMAT score varies depending on the applicant and the school. Business schools want to have a diverse class because it enriches classroom discussions.

GMAT test takers can expect to get a score that ranges from 200 to 800, with 800 being the maximum possible score. MBA aspirants should set their target GMAT score based on the average score accepted by their programs of interest, say the Admissions experts. A B-school applicant’s primary goal should be to achieve a GMAT score so high that admissions officers have no doubts about academic preparedness. Also, they should understand that these schools prefer applicants with impressive test scores.

A perfect score of 800 can help students aiming to attend a highly selective school compensate for any weaknesses in the non-score aspects of their business school application. GMAT scores may be expected at top-ranked schools, although lower-ranked schools are less likely to require such high scores.

Normally, scores of 650 and above would qualify someone for consideration at one of the top 20 business graduate programs, but a score in the 600s could be enough for a top 50 program. According to the Graduate Management Admission Council, which designs and administers the GMAT, the average GMAT score for people who took the exam from 2016 to December 2020 was 602.

A B-school applicant with a low GMAT score but otherwise perfect credentials may be able to persuade admissions officers to overlook the flaw in their application. You can have a lower score and still get into a prestigious school if your other credentials are outstanding. However, if you have a weakness somewhere else, you’ll need to have a good GMAT score.

According to the MBA admissions experts, admission to a top 10 business school in the US is tough without a good GMAT score. Almost every student at a top-tier school considers 700 to be a “good” GMAT score.

Anything in the 99th percentile, 760 and up, is absolutely exceptional. Several students retake the GMAT after scoring above 700 in order to achieve scores in the 99th percentile. On the other hand, anything below 680 will seriously jeopardize your chances of getting into a top-10 school.

According to GMAC, prospective business students who received the following GMAT scores between January 2016 and December 2020 outperformed the overwhelming majority of test-takers.

SCORE PERCENTILE
760 to 800 99%
750 98%
740 97%
730 96%
720 94%
710 91%
700 88%
690 85%
680 82%
670 80%
660 77%
650 73%

 

However, prospective business students should be aware that the MBA admissions process is impacted by a lot of factors other than GMAT scores. A candidate’s undergraduate GPA, professional trajectory, and extracurricular involvement are all taken into consideration in addition to the GMAT score. The gender, demographics, and vocation of an applicant are all factors to consider. In general, business school applicants should look up a business school’s average or median GMAT score and strive to meet or exceed it in order to demonstrate the admissions committee that they are capable of handling the rigours of the MBA curriculum.

Before taking the GMAT, prospective business students should aim to spend 100 to 120 hours to study. It is recommended that study time be spread out over several months, if possible. It’s tempting for business school applicants with full-time jobs to cut costs on GMAT test prep, especially if they’re frustrated with how much time they’re spending studying, but this is a mistake. Take your diagnosis, figure out how long it will take you to go where you need to go, and then be extremely deliberate about how you spend your time. So, if you know you need to improve in the quantitative section and you can identify what areas you need to work on through your diagnostic, whether it’s algebra or geometry or anything, really concentrate on those areas.

Throughout the GMAT exam preparation process, students should take the GMAT practice tests and short content-specific quizzes to track their academic progress and stay motivated to study.

Anyone studying for the GMAT should familiarise themselves with the exam’s scoring system. Make sure you understand how the GMAT is structured and how much each category of questions contributes to your overall score. Prioritize enhancing your strengths first and correcting your weaknesses second, with a focus on the weighted categories.

Someone planning to take the GMAT exam needs to be mentally prepared for the computer-adaptive aspect of the exam, which involves a computer adjusting the level of difficulty of the exam based on the accuracy of the test-taker’s answers.  Because the GMAT is computer-adaptive, if a student performs well on the exam and answers many questions correctly, he or she will be given progressively difficult questions.

The problem with the GMAT is that it is so brutally difficult that even if you are smashing it and knocking it out of the park on your way to an 800 score, you will probably think you aren’t doing well on it since it is computer-adaptive. The first couple of questions are, of course, important. You’ve got to be careful with those. Otherwise, your trajectory will deteriorate, and you will never be able to rebound to a good score. So you have to get off to a good start and maintain your confidence throughout.

 

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