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GMAT Score - 80/80 Split vs. High Total Score [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2012, 22:22
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If admissions committee had to choose, which one of these applicants would be most preferred, and which one least preferred?

Applicant 1: 700 GMAT with 48Q (80th Percentile), 37V (81st Percentile)
Applicant 2: 720 GMAT with 51Q (98th Percentile), 35V (74th Percentile)
Applicant 3: 740 GMAT with 42Q (59th Percentile), 49V (99th Percentile)

(Assume all other aspects of the applications are equal...)
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Re: GMAT Score - 80/80 Split vs. High Total Score [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2012, 22:59
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High total score. Every time. Without a doubt. This is the one that influences the rankings.
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Re: GMAT Score - 80/80 Split vs. High Total Score [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2013, 13:04
Can anyone else back this up?
I got a 760 - 99th percentile, but my split was Q47 (73rd) V47 (99th)
What is so annoying about this, is that I am quite confident I could have done better. This awful drilling started during my IR section so during the break, I went to go find the construction workers to ask if they wouldn't mind not drilling for about 75mn while I took the quant section. Luckily, they agreed to hold off on the drilling, but, unfortunately, my little adventure caused me to go over the break by 4mn so I only had 71mn for the quant section. I'm tempted to take it again because I think I could do better, but, ugh, I am so tired of GMAT study, and, while I have gotten a 90 percentile or above on every practice test in verbal, I might not get 99th V again, so although I could get the Q score up to 80th percentile, I could end up with a lower overall score if the verbal is slightly lower.

Note: this was my second GMAT, my first, which was taken naively with almost 0 preparation, was 660.
Also, I am particularly concerned about this because I want to go to Stanford and I have heard that they value the 80/80
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Re: GMAT Score - 80/80 Split vs. High Total Score [#permalink] New post 28 Jun 2013, 00:16
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Please, for the love of everything, don't even think about taking the GMAT again. You know what Stanford likes more than anything? More than people with 800 GMATs?? Really amazing, passionate, crazy, wild, fun, interesting, deep, thoughtful essays.... spend your energy there. At this point this is the best thing you can do for yourself.
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To answer the original question, if the applicant had done poorly in quantitative subjects and/or had little quantitative experience in his or her job then the applicant would rather have the 720 with the 98% percentile quantitative as not to corroborate difficulty in quantitative subjects.

To answer the subsequent poster, with a 760 do not worry about the 73% quantitative. Focus on introspection and producing the best application possible, especially the What Matters Most essay.

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