How to Send GMAT Scores to Colleges

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Yes, sending your GMAT scores to a specific list of universities sounds daunting, but is it like that? We will soon find out. After registering for the GMAT, you can narrow down the MBA programs you want to apply to based on how much you scored. Before appearing for the test, you can send your reports to up to 5 colleges you choose at the exam centre; this service is included in the registration fee for the exam. Your selected list cannot be changed once it has been made.


  • Unofficial Score Report

You are presented with the unofficial score report as soon as your test is over, right there in the testing facility. Your Quantitative, Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, and Total Scores are included in this report, along with the percentile rankings for each of those scores. You won’t know your score for the Analytical Writing Assessment until you receive your Official Score Report because a computer doesn’t grade it. However, those taking the GMAT online do not receive unofficial results.

The computer will automatically cancel your scores if you don’t choose to accept or reject them within the allotted two minutes. But the Unofficial Score Reports will not be sent to any schools or used for admissions applications – you can use this for informational purposes.


  • Official Score Report 

The Official Score Report can be viewed and downloaded from your GMAC account once you have received the notification on your registered email. This is the final report that you will distribute to the selected schools. Your scaled scores and percentile rankings for your Total Score, all GMAT sections, including the AWA (essays), for your latest exam, and any GMAT exams you’ve taken in the previous five years, are all included in your official score report, which is valid for five years.

The Official Score Report forwarded to schools will NOT involve any exams for which you have cancelled a score. Therefore, if you cancel your GMAT scores for a specific exam, schools won’t be able to verify that you took it. Also, where else your test scores have been sent remains confidential; no other school will be allowed to view that.

  • Enhanced Score Report

The GMAT Enhanced Score Report (ESR), which offers a more thorough breakdown of test performance in each section, gives you a general idea of where your weak points are in terms of time and focus areas. This report can be ordered even for a cancelled GMAT score and is private to you. Within five years of the exam date, you can pay $30 to GMAC to purchase your ESR.
Currently, the ESR is unavailable/not offered by GMAC, who have appeared for the online GMAT test.



  • Sending GMAT Scores On The Test Day

The day you appear for the exam, you can choose the schools you wish o send your scores to for free. In 20 days from when you gave the test, the schools you chose will obtain your scores once the result is out. This procedure is the same whether you take the GMAT at home or in a testing facility. Thankfully, you can send your scores without knowing the school codes.

Be sure when you select the department of the course you’re applying to, as some schools have several departments linked under their name. If you’re unsure of the exact name to search for, check with the program you’re applying to. This idea is most commonly preferred to share one’s GMAT scores with colleges.

  • Sending Your GMAT Score Report After Test Day

Holding off on sending the GMAT results until well after the test day is sometimes the best option for many candidates, depending on their situation. Maybe you wish to reappear for the exam in the hope of scoring a better result as you were dissatisfied with the previous one. Or, perhaps you’re applying to more than five schools or haven’t yet decided which programs or courses interest you. You can order Additional Score Reports to send GMAT scores to schools after test day if you don’t choose any score recipients or if your list changes with time.

Additional Score Reports cost $35 each and are sent to selected recipients on test day in the same format as the Official Score Report. The recipient selection is the only difference between the reports (aside from the price). You can order additional score reports through your GMAC account.



You send your GMAT score from the test centre. Schools will receive your score within 3 weeks.
You take the GMAT Online. Your score will be available within 7 business days, and schools will receive it within 24 hours after you send it.
You order Additional Score Reports (in-person GMAT only). Schools will receive your score within 7 days.
You reinstate a cancelled score. Your original list of score recipients will receive your score in about 1 month.


The “best time” for test-takers to send their GMAT results to colleges is not a set period. The most important thing is to have a plan in place before the test so that you don’t have to decide when and where to send your results. Establish a cutoff point for the lowest scores you feel comfortable sending to schools and prepare a mental list of score recipients.

If in doubt, keep in mind that you are not required to send any scores from the test day; however, if you achieve your score target (particularly if your application deadlines are approaching), there is no reason to wait to send your scores. You’ll spend less money and stress less as a result!




The official GMAT score report for online testing differs from the official GMAT score report for in-person testing. In other words, your score report for the GMAT Online won’t include a five-year history of all the GMATs you’ve taken, neither for you nor for any score recipients. Therefore, you will have two Official Score Reports if you take the GMAT in person, whether once or multiple times, and the GMAT online: one report for any in-person GMAT scores and one for your online GMAT score.

These are a few significant differences between the GMAT Online and in-person processes regarding viewing and sending your scores. Additionally, no unofficial GMAT scores are provided for the GMAT Online, so that you won’t see them after your exam. Instead, within 7 business days of your test date, you will get an email with your official GMAT Online scores. Your total score, percentiles, and scores for the Quantitative, Verbal, and IR sections of the GMAT Online will all be included in that email.

You can send schools the Official Score Report, which only includes the results of the GMATs you took in testing centres, as the GMAT Online score is kept in a separate score report. Schools will never learn that you took the GMAT Online or see your GMAT Online score unless you choose to send it separately. This is significant because the GMAT Online score cannot be changed. The schools won’t know that you took the in-person GMAT; however, if you decide to send only your GMAT Online score and not your in-person GMAT scores.

After receiving the email with your official scores, you will have the option to send your GMAT Online scores for free to an unlimited number of schools, which you can choose by logging into your mba.com account. You can send your GMAT Online scores to as many schools as you’d like for free, and you have complete control over when they’re sent. The schools you choose will receive your test results 24 hours after you decide to send them.

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