GMAT score

Hey WSO,

I have a target to undertake the GMAT after the summer. I am still unclear how the scoring is defined and totaled, and what the adcoms view in the application process. Is the complete score (200-800) the total of the verbal and quant score and, therefore, the ir and writing tasks meaningless? Does this vary across schools?

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Comments (2)

Feb 8, 2019

Hi Maxwell,

Most schools look at both the total and the quant and verbal scores individually. In general, the AWA (unless you're applying to Rotman) is looked at on the margins. In other words if it's really bad and you're borderline, it could hurt. The IR is pretty similar. They are not meaningless, but for most applicants they are less important than the total, the quant, and the verbal.

It does vary somewhat by school. For example INSEAD will use your highest verbal and highest quant, and it looks more closely at the individual scores than most programs.

Bottom line though is that it all counts.

Linda Abraham
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Feb 8, 2019