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GMAT Score Chart & Why Your Score Matters

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The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a standardized test that measures the abilities of prospective MBA students in analytical writing, integrated reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and verbal reasoning. Your GMAT score provides business schools with a standardized measure of your academic skills and aptitudes that can be compared to those of other applicants and indicates your potential for success in an MBA program. High performance on the exam can help persuade admissions committees to overlook other weaknesses in your application, such as a low undergraduate GPA or limited work experience. 

“The best thing about the MBA admissions process is that it is truly holistic,” says Clear Admit’s Co-Founder Graham Richmond. This means that there are multiple components that go into an application and many ways for applicants to shine. The GMAT is one of those components, and it falls into the broader ‘academic aptitude’ element that schools assess. As such, your result on the test will be viewed alongside your undergraduate GPA, choice of major, rigor of coursework, the caliber of undergraduate institution, and any other grades or coursework pursued so as to paint a picture of your classroom abilities and intellectual firepower.”

A high GMAT score also makes you a more competitive candidate for scholarships, which can help offset the cost of attending an MBA program. Your GMAT score can also impact your job prospects after graduation, as some employers use them as a screening tool for job candidates, especially for highly competitive and analytical roles.

Richmond highlights a key point applicants must keep in mind: “While the GMAT is just one piece of a complex puzzle, it is important to do as well as you can on the exam. As far as setting a goal for your test result, I recommend looking at the schools you are targeting and reviewing their class profiles to see the average GMAT scores as well as the middle-80% ranges. This should help in setting a target.”

Our GMAT score chart lists the range of scores for a school’s most recently admitted MBA class. It’s essential to thoroughly prepare for the GMAT and strive to achieve your best possible score. However, you can see what scores admits to your target schools are hitting, giving you an idea of what to aim for. If, after prep work and retakes, your score is outside the range for the schools you were targeting, you can identify alternative schools where your application would be most competitive. 

The total score range for the GMAT is 200 to 800, with the majority of test-takers scoring between 400 and 600. A score of 700 or above is what top-tier business schools expect to see from their applicants. 

The chart below lists the top business schools in the United States and Europe in alphabetical order. The average GMAT score shown is the average from the Class of 2024 (or Class of 2023 for one-year programs). Schools that report median scores or a range rather than the class average are noted in the GMAT score chart. 

Note: GMAC recently announced upcoming changes to the GMAT to be implemented later in 2023. See more here

School Avg. GMAT
Arizona State University W.P. School of Business 684
Cambridge Judge 690
Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business 702
Columbia Business School 729
Cornell University SC Johnson Graduate School of Management (2 Year Program) 710*
Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business 726
Duke University Fuqua School of Business 680-760**
Emory University Goizueta School of Business 700
Esade 660
ESMT Berlin 640
Georgetown University McDonough School of Business 697
Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business 690
Harvard Business School 730*
The Haslam College of Business at University of Tennessee–Knoxville 680
HEC Paris 690*
IESE Business School 670
IMD Business School 680
Indiana University Kelley School of Business 679
London Business School 708^
MIT Sloan School of Management 730*
Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management 729
NYU Stern School of Business 733
Ohio State University Max M. Fisher College of Business 673
Owen Graduate School of Business of Vanderbilt University 690
Oxford Saïd Business School 690*
Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business 702
Stanford GSB 737
UC Berkeley Haas School of Business 729
UCLA Anderson School of Management 711
University of Chicago Booth School of Business 729
University of Georgia Terry College of Business 672
University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business 720
University of Minnesota Curtis L. Carlson School of Management 690*
University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School 706
University of Rochester Simon Business School 610-720**
USC Marshall School of Business 732
UT Austin McCombs School of Business 706
UVA Darden School of Business 720
UW Foster School of Business 710*
Washington University in St. Louis Olin Business School 670
The Wharton School 733
Yale School of Management 725*

*Median Score
**80% Range
^Class of 2023

Christina Griffith
Christina Griffith is a writer and editor based in Philadelphia. She specializes in covering education, science, and history, and has experience in research and interviews, magazine content, and web content writing.