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Scoring the Gmat Exam
Total Score and the Score for Each Section

The GMAT exam produces 4 scores - a verbal score, a quantitative score, a total score, and an Analytical Writing Assessment score. Each of these scores will be given on a set scale and appear in the GMAT score report that will be sent to you and to the schools you requested it to be sent. For each of the scores (quantitative, verbal, total, and analytical writing) you will also receive your percentile ranking among the other GMAT examinees of the last 3 years. Your percentile ranking may vary from year to year, but your basic score will not.

Scores in the verbal and quantitative sections
Scores for the verbal and quantitative sections are from 0 to 60 in each section. Scores of under 9 or over 44 in the verbal section, and under 7 or over 50 in the quantitative section, are very rare. The scores in each section are placed on a standardized scale, thus various examinees' scores can be compared for various testings of the same of section. Your score in the quantitative section represents a different field of knowledge than that evaluated in the verbal section, thus the scores of different sections cannot be compared.

 Remember - even if you do not complete the sections in the allotted times, you will still receive a score for the questions that you completed. However, your scores will be calculated based on the number of questions that you answered, and any unanswered question will significantly damage your score.

Total score
The GMAT total score includes the verbal and quantitative sections, and does not include the Analytical Writing Assessment. The score ranges between 200 and 800, with two thirds of the examinees falling between 400 and 600. The GMAT score distribution resembles a bell curve with a standard deviation of 100 points, which means that 68% of examinees will receive a score between 400 and 600.

 The final score is not based on the last question answered (that is, on the difficulty level reached due to the exam's adaptive nature). The algorithm that calculates the final score is far more complex: the examinee can make a mistake, and the computer will recognize it as an anomaly. If the examinee gets the first question wrong, this does not necessarily mean that his score will be in the lower score range. It is important to remember that unlike the SATs, GMAT questions that the examinee has not completed will hurt the score more than questions answered incorrectly. In addition, every section also includes a few experimental (pilot) questions, which are not factored into the examinee's score, but the examinees' answers indicate the questions' suitability for following testings.

Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) score
Your score for the analytical writing section is the average of the scores you received for the two essays you wrote (Issue Analysis and Argument Analysis). Each essay that you write is rated on two separate, independent scales. After both essays are scored, the two scores will be averaged to create one overall score for the analytical writing section. The scores in this section range between 0 and 6, at half-point intervals (0, 0.5, 1, 1.5, and so on.)

More specifically, each of the essays that you write in the analytical writing section will receive two separate rankings. One of these rankings will be given by a computer evaluating over 50 structural and linguistic aspects, such as idea organization, syntactic variety, and subject analysis. If there is more than a one-point difference between the two rankings that you received for each essay, an expert will evaluate the essay you wrote, thus resolving any incompatibility, and your final score will be determined.

The essays you write will be checked by lecturers from various institutions, who are trained as readers for the analytical writing section.

During the essay evaluation, the following factors will be considered:
The overall quality of your ideas regarding the issue and argument presented to you.
Your overall ability to organize, develop, and communicate those ideas.
The relevant reasons you used to support your ideas, or the examples you provided.Your control of various elements of written English. In this part, the readers will be considerate and fair in ranking examinees for whom English is not a first language.

The writing section scores are calculated separately from the scores for the multiple-choice sections, and have no effect on the verbal, quantitative, or total score.

Once you completed the exam, you will not be able to read the questions or challenge the scores. However, should you feel that your analytical writing score is inaccurate, you may request a reevaluation of the essays for a fee of $45.

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