# GMAT Percentiles: How does your score measure up?

How much better is a 700 than a 690?  Is a 5 on the AWA section “good?”  Whether you’re figuring out your goal score or trying to interpret your most recent test results, percentiles help answer such questions and build a picture of where you stand.  They’re also used by admission officers to evaluate your readiness to handle the rigor of business school curriculum.

Percentiles show how your quantitative, reasoning, verbal and writing skills (as measured by the GMAT) compare to the same skills of hundreds of thousands of other business school applicants who have taken the test over the last three years.  In essence, they indicate the strength or weakness of these abilities in comparison to your peers — all those other people who, like you, are trying to get into business school.

While such a comparison is useful, percentiles cannot predict your admission chances: Scoring in the 98th percentile, while impressive, does not guarantee entry to the school of your choice.  Percentile rank only indicates the strength of your scores, but it’s the strength of your complete application that matters.  Use the tables below to find the associated percentile rank for scores and then read on to learn how to interprete these ranks.

### Total Score

Below are the current percentile ranks as released by GMAC in July 2013.

 Score Percentile 780 – 760 99% 750 98% 730 96% 710 92% 690 87% 670 83% 650 77% 630 71% 610 65% 590 58% 570 52% 550 46% 530 39% 510 35% 490 30% 470 25% 450 20% 430 17% 410 14% 390 11%

The average total score is 545.6

### Section Scores

#### Quantitative

 Score Percentile 60 – 51 97% 50 89% 48 76% 46 68% 44 61% 42 54% 40 50% 38 44% 36 38% 34 33% 32 28% 30 24% 28 19% 26 16% 24 12% 22 9%

The average quantitative score is 37.5

#### Verbal

 Score Percentile 51 – 45 99% 44 98% 42 96% 40 90% 38 84% 36 80% 34 70% 32 65% 30 57% 28 50% 26 42% 24 35% 22 29% 20 21% 18 17% 16 11%

The average verbal score is 27.3

#### IR

 Score Percentile 8 93% 7 82% 6 67% 5 52% 4 37% 3 23% 2 12% 1 0

The average integrative reasoning score is 4.34

#### AWA

 Score Percentile 6 91% 5.5 80% 5 60% 4.5 43% 4 21% 3.5 12% 3 6% 2.5 4% 2 3%

The average analytical writing assessment score is 4.3