Let’s consider two test-takers, A and B, who both score Q48/V40 on the GMAT® with:
- Test-Taker A correctly answering 24 Quant questions and 30 Verbal questions
- Test-Taker B correctly answering 23 Quant questions and 28 Verbal questions.
Although their section scores are the same (Q48/V40), Test-Taker A’s total GMAT® score would likely be 720, while Test-Taker B’s would likely be 710.
In other words, the Q48/V40 scaled scores represent a range of performance that both test-takers fell within. However, since they got different numbers of questions correct, their total scores would be different. (To learn more about how GMAC calculates scores, check out this article on GMAT® scoring.)
The upshot of this feature of GMAT® scoring is that there is a 10-point swing possible in either direction for the total score associated with any given combination of section scores. For example, per the score chart, Q49/V41 scores are likely to result in a total GMAT® score of 730. However, because each section score represents a range of performance, those same Quant and Verbal scores could result in a 720 or a 740 total score
So, think of any GMAT® scoring table more as a GMAT® score estimator than a GMAT® score guarantor. The truth is, no one can predict your total GMAT® score based on your section scores alone, because the GMAT® bases your total score directly on your performance on the Quant and Verbal sections, rather than on your numerical section scores.
Test-takers who earn the same Quant and Verbal scores could earn different total GMAT® scores