GMAT Scores for Top Business Schools
January 15, 2019
Are you aware of the average scores that most business schools publish when it comes to its GMAT applicants? With many schools accepting the GRE now, prospective test-takers have two different exams from which to choose. That doesn't mean that the GMAT is any less viable in the eyes of an admissions officer or that they still don't uphold strict standards when it comes to MBA admission. Naturally, elite schools require elite GMAT scores; this has always been true and will continue to be true of top business schools.
Are you aware of what a school publishes as it pertains to its own scores? Most students aren't, which is why we're devoting this article to important data surrounding just that. While test scores aren't your entire application package, they are certainly important and require a sharp eye for detail. As if studying for the GMAT wasn't hard enough, keeping up with a school's averages and percentiles can feel like an additional part-time job! Well, don't stress—we've got you covered on this one. Hopefully, this article will help debunk a few myths about top school averages and what it takes to be considered a viable high GMAT scoring applicant. Let's dive in!
The 411 on GMAT Scoring
Before we delve into specific GMAT scores for specific universities and programs, let's first examine what goes into a good GMAT score. Are you aware of all that goes into scoring for the GMAT? Do you know the range by which GMAC scorers must evaluate your multiple-choice answers and AWA writing assignment? Many students do not, as they are so focused on the end result, they lose sight of what scorers are actually looking for and how each section is scored. This can provide us with continued insight into our own score, as well as a deeper understanding of how we can enhance our own test-day strategies.
|Score||Range||How It's Calculated|
|Total Score||200-800 & reported in 10-point increments||Math and Verbal Section results|
|Quantitative Score||0-60 & reported in one-point increments|
This score is based upon:
|Verbal Score||0-60 & reported in 1-point increments|
This score is based upon:
|Integrated Reasoning||1-8 & reported in 1-point increments||Based on number of questions answered correctly|
|AWA (Writing)||0-6 & reported in half-point increments||Average of scores assigned by two readers|
As is evident on the above table, the range of scores for the GMAT vary on a scale of 200-800. In other words—200 is the lowest score you could possibly get, while 800 is the highest. Both the Qualitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning sections are scored on a scale of 0-60 in one-point increments; the Integrated Reasoning section is scored on a range of 1-8 in one-point increments; the AWA is evaluated on a range of 0-6 and reported in half-point increments. What was the last score you receive on a mock exam? Did it align with your ideal score for your own application purposes? Diagnostic practice exams are sources of tracking and identifying our own progress throughout the studying process.
According to GMAC, the makers, innovators, and administrators of the GMAT, the averages from 2015-2017 were as follows:
|GMAT Section||Average Score|
|Analytical Writing Assessment||4.44|
With the scoring rubric in mind, as well as the global average—we're now equipped to delve deeper into specific schools and their own score averages. This article will explore reliable data as it reflects a school's average scores, percentiles, as well as fluctuation the past few years. Hopefully, this will give you an idea of where you fit in along the preparation process and shed some light on your problem areas that necessitate improvement.
Domestic B-School GMAT Averages
This section is devoted to both domestic and international schools and their average GMAT scores. First, let's look at domestic elite schools with the highest GMAT averages. The following rating was for the year 2017 and published by The Economist:
|University/MBA Program||Average GMAT Score for 2017|
|Stanford University—Graduate School of Business||737|
|University of Pennsylvania—Wharton School||730|
|Harvard Business School||729|
|Northwestern University—Kellogg School of Management||728|
|University of Chicago—Booth School of Business||726|
|Columbia Business School||718|
|Dartmouth College—Tuck School of Business||717|
|University of California at Berkeley—Haas School of Business||717|
|UCLA—UCLA Anderson School of Management||715|
|University of Virginia—Darden School of Business||712|
The top three schools in this 2017 table are Stanford, Wharton, and Harvard. Naturally, these are all very impressive averages with very few points away from 800. Of course, with these being score averages, some applicants actually score higher. Regardless of the actual number, it's clear that top schools require a very good GMAT score. Retaking the GMAT might be a viable option if you aren't able to align with some of these averages. Improvement, enhancement, and progress is within reach with more and more practice!
Below is a table for average GMAT scores in the U.K, based off recent data published by MBA Crystal Ball. Interested in applying to any of these schools? Take note of some of these scores—they very well could shape your rigorous course of study.
|U.K. Business School||Average GMAT Score|
|University of Cambridge (Judge)||680|
|Imperial College Business School||638|
|City University: Cass||635|
|Manchester Business School||630|
|University of Bath||610|
|Lancaster University Management School||601|
Below is a table chronicling the top business schools in Europe and their average GMAT scores. Also taken from MBA Crystal Ball, this table also specifies the country of the MBA program to avoid any confusion.
|European Business School||Average GMAT||Country|
|IE Business School||672||Spain|
|Mannheim Business School||671||Germany|
|IESE Business School—Navarra||669||Spain|
|University of St. Gallen||656||Switzerland|
|European School of Mgmt (ESMT)||645||Germany|
|The Lisbon MBA||645||Portugal|
|Erasmus University (RSM)||643||Netherlands|
|TiasNimbas Business School||620||Netherlands|
|University of College Dublin (Smurfit)||619||Ireland|
|Vlerick Business School||600||Belgium|
Are you interested in applying to schools in Canada? What a great country with so many unique cities from which to choose! Below are six top Canadian Business Schools and their average GMAT scores:
|Canadian Business School||Average GMAT|
|University of Toronto (Rotman)||672|
|University of Western Ontario (Ivey)||655|
|University of British Columbia||646|
|University of Alberta||623|
|Average Canadian GMAT Score||650.16|
And finally, also courtesy of MBA Crystal Ball, we have data regarding average GMAT scores in Asia-Pacific, India, Singapore, China, and Australia. If you are interested in any of these schools, you will find the information you're looking for as it relates to your GMAT score and MBA program.
|Asian-Pacific Business School||Average GMAT||Country|
|Indian School of Business||711||India|
|Melbourne Business School||677||Australia|
|HKUST (Hong Kong)||671||China|
|University of Hong Kong||664||China|
|National University of Singapore (NUS)||650||Singapore|
|Australian School of Business: AGSM||650||Australia|
|CUHK Business School||640||China|
In the end, you must have this data handy for your study purposes and share it with your GMAT tutor or teacher so that he or she understands your ambitions and goals. Studying for the GMAT takes time and careful attention, so plan ahead and also allow room for retakes if it means you're able to get to your intended score. While these are just averages, keep in mind the minimum and maximum could be well over 100 points. Even a perfect score of 800 does not guarantee automatic admission. In addition to your GMAT score, there are countless other important factors that go into your application package.