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09 Jan 2006, 12:56
I just got my test taker copy of an addional score report and the percentile they have on it is different from my official score report(which was mailed to me 2 weeks after the exam).

my total 680 was 90th percentile on original report, but on the pearson copy it said 89the percentile. the Q and V are also one off. the raw scores are the same, just the percentile. the exam was taken in November 2004.

has anyone else had similar issues?

I am also waiting for my official score report for the exam i took in december (Dec 19) which I still havent gotten my copy of. Has anyone who took the GMAT around that time received their official report. it is normally supposed to take 2 weeks, it is 3 weeks today.... so i am getting worried..

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12 Jan 2006, 05:36
idream, I have noticed this as well. For some reason, the Pearson percentiles are different than what ETS gives. I sent my scores to a couple of schools before the new year (ETS sent them) and my percentiles on those reports were exactly the same as those on test day. However, I sent my scores to a school on Jan 5 and when I received the copy in the mail I noticed that my Quant and AWA percentiles were different. Don't know what's going on there.
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12 Jan 2006, 08:09
It is percentile and it gets refined every time people take test. The change may be because there are people scoring more or less than you. Yo 89 can be 99% if everyone score less than you for next 5 years. Consider this: your scors is in the system and it gets affected by other scores entering or exiting the system.
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12 Jan 2006, 11:49
Actually, I thought the percentile would be stored as of the time you took the test. that way it doesnt change according to data as it comes in.
IF percentile is supposed to reflect the tests as they come in, then it is really meaningless for the schools to actually ask you to put in percentile in the application forms, because really what you have on your report might not be correct.

Anyway, I called Pearson and they told me that it shouldnt change either. Because the percentile is based on the data set as of the time you took the test and should not be recalculated everytime you print the report.

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12 Jan 2006, 12:00
idream, don't know if this will help you, but I decided to report the Pearson scores for the school that I sent my scores to in January. I knew that school would be recieving the Pearson report, so I wanted to make sure that my percentiles were consistent with the Pearson report.

In the end, hopefully a one percent difference will not make or break an application, although I know every little bit helps.
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13 Jan 2006, 14:02
idream:

I am gonna reply your question about still not getting the official score report. I took GMAT on Dec. 23rd, and I am still waiting for my report to come. I called 609-771-7330 and was told that they were still grading my essay.

You posted your message on the 9th, I hope you already got yours. Did you?

Anybody else who are in the same similiar situation?

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13 Jan 2006, 14:29
I took the GMAT on 12/12 and have still not received my score. When I called to ask for the results they told me that they couldn't release them and that they would be mailed 'soon', whatever that means.
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13 Jan 2006, 18:02
I got my official score report yesterday.

I had taken the exam on the 19th of december. Looks like they are a week or so behind the normal 2 weeks.

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19 Jan 2006, 13:13
idream wrote:
I got my official score report yesterday.

I had taken the exam on the 19th of december. Looks like they are a week or so behind the normal 2 weeks.

idream

so did you get your percentile problem resolved in the report you received ?

To support your point, here is the excerpts form a web-site about percentile calculation:

Accompanying each of the four scaled scores on your official GMAT score report will be a percentile score, or ranking, which indicates the percentage of test-takers scoring lower than you. For example, a percentile ranking of 65% indicates that out of every 100 test-takers 65 scored lower than you, while 34 scored higher than you. Percentile rankings are based on the entire GMAT test-taking population during the three most recent years.

Percentile rankings are solely for your informationâ€”to help you assess your relative performance. They arenâ€™t reported to the B-schools. Even if they were, the schools would ignore them, because each B-school is interested in ranking you among only its applicants, not among all GMAT test-takers.

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