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A question about the scoring of the GMAT [#permalink] New post 14 Jul 2010, 02:38
I just took the GMAT and scored a 700 (90% Percentile), with a scaled score of 41 on Math (58th Percentile) and 44 on Verbal (97th Percentile). I don’t mean to sound ungrateful, I know a lot of people would be thrilled to score a 700, but considering the types of schools I plan on applying to and the disproportionately better performance on the Verbal section, I’m a bit concerned.

Mostly though I’ve been kicking myself for committing the cardinal sin of the GMAT and not answering 2 of the Math questions after losing track of time.

I know everyone makes a big deal about not leaving questions on the table, so my question is this: is that because you might as well put in a guess since the system is going to score you based on the set number of questions regardless, or do you actually LOSE points for not answering questions? In other words, had managed to get in a guess for those last 2 questions, would I have only POSSIBLY gotten a better score, or would I have DEFINITELY gotten a better score than I did? And I realize this is asking a lot, but if it’s the latter, does anyone know approximately how many points you potentially lose for not answering a question?

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Re: A question about the scoring of the GMAT [#permalink] New post 14 Jul 2010, 03:14
There is a heavy penalty for unanswered questions, as stated by GMAC. Therefore, even if you get the questions wrong, you will DEFINITELY get a better score than not finishing the test.
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Re: A question about the scoring of the GMAT [#permalink] New post 14 Jul 2010, 07:50
Hey,

I have to agree with MBA uncle on this one. From data that we have looked at which came directly from the GMAC, the penalty for leaving questions unanswered averages out to about 2 percentage points per question. So if you left 2 questions blank, you would have gone from a 96th percentile score (somewhere around a 720) to the score you got. So, yes, it is always better to guess than to leave them blank!

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Re: A question about the scoring of the GMAT [#permalink] New post 14 Jul 2010, 15:13
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I think the official GMAC stance is that the penalty is 3 percentile points for each unanswered question - quite a bit!
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