Demystifying the GMAT: Scale Scores

Validity & Testing, GMAT, Research Brief

Lawrence M. Rudner

Overview

GMAT Quantitative and Verbal scores range from 6 to 51, GMAT Total scores from 200 to 800, and Analytic Writing Assessment scores from 0 to 6.0. Where did these scales come from? What do they mean? How do the scales relate to percentiles? How do I use these numbers and percentile scores? The answers to these important questions lie in understanding the purposes of these scales.