This section is graded using professional essay reviewers, as well as a machine algorithm. Two graders will rate your essay, and the average of the two scores will be your final score.
IR is graded based on the number of questions you answer correctly, and since there are multi-part, you must answer all parts of the question accurately to receive the point.
Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning
Both QR and VR are CAT item-level adaptive, meaning that the questions change based on your answers to the previous questions. The more questions you answer correctly, the harder they get, and the more difficult questions you answer correctly- the better your score. If you miss a difficult level question, you will begin to see lower-difficulty questions once more.
The sections are scored separately, but the total overall score is between 200 and 800. A majority of test-takers will score between 400-600, which is around the 90th percentile of testers. A “good” GMAT score is considered to be 720 and higher.
According to GMAC, the test averages are as follows:
- The average GMAT score is 568.21
- The average GMAT Verbal score is 27.26
- The average GMAT Quant score is 40.7
- The average GMAT AWA score is 4.43
- The average GMAT IR score is 4.6
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