Scoring in the GMAT Exams
GMAT exam scores are officially broken up into five parts. Each of your five GMAT exam scores is reported on a fixed scale and appears on the Official GMAT Scorecard. The Analytical Writing Assessment is scored on a scale of 06; in halfpoint intervals, Integrated Reasoning on a scale of 18, while the Quantitative and Verbal are scored on a scale of 651 each. The “total GMAT score” comprises Verbal and Quantitative scores that range from 200 to 800. The student might be tempted only to consider the total score of GMAT but apart from the verbal and quantitative reasoning, other sections are also equally important as the scores clearly scope out the areas of improvement for the student.
Verbal & Quantitative Reasoning Score
The final Verbal, Quantitative and Total GMAT scores are calculated on the basis of a complex mathematical procedure, which combines:
 The number of questions answered
 The number of questions answered correctly or incorrectly
 The level of difficulty and other statistical features of each question
The mean score for Analytical Writing is 4.4, Integrated Reasoning is 4.2, Verbal is 27, while the mean score for Quantitative is 39. MBA programs weigh most heavily on combined Verbal and Quantitative scores for admission. In this case, GMAT applies its algorithm to the Verbal and Quantitative scores, converting them to the familiar 200–800 scale, where the mean score is 552. Twothird of the test takers score between 400600.
Analytical Writing Assessment(AWA)Score
The AWA essays are scored independently on the scale of 06 in halfpoint intervals. Each essay receives two independent ratings, one of which may be performed by an automated essayscoring engine, which evaluates more than 50 structural and linguistic features.
If the two ratings differ by more than one point, an expert reader provides a third evaluation to determine the final score. The readers are exceptionally trained university faculty members who look for the overall quality of the ideas of the reasoning response given by the student for the argument presented.
Integrated Reasoning(IR) Score
Integrated Reasoning (IR) scores range from 1 to 8 in 1point intervals.
More than one response is required for most Integrated Reasoning questions. The student must respond to all the questions to receive credit as the questions are designed to measure how well a student is able to integrate data to solve complex problems.
To have a better understanding of the GMAT scoring process, have a look at the table below
SECTIONS 
MINUTES ALLOTTED FOR TEST 
SCORE RANGE 
MEAN SCORE 
Analytical Writing Assessment

30 min. 
06 
4.4 
Integrated Reasoning

30 min. 
18 
4.2 
Quantitative Reasoning

62 min. 
651 
39 
Verbal Reasoning

65 min. 
651 
27 
Total Score 
200800 
Please note that there is a penalty for not completing each section of the exam. If the students fail to finish the sections in the allotted time, his/her scores will be calculated based upon the number of questions answered. Therefore, the GMAT score tends to decrease significantly with each unanswered question.
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