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GMAT score changes over the years (1981 to now) [#permalink] New post 24 Jan 2013, 11:46
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It is somewhat amazing how scores and percentile rankings have changed over the years.
I took the GMAT in October, 1981 scoring:
Verbal 40 (93%) Would be 88% now.
Quant 39 (91%) Would be 48% now. WOW!!
Total 640 (95%) Would be 650/78% now.

The best advice I have for GMAT candidates is to start with a good study guide and see how you do on the practice tests it presents.
If you still need improvement go for a good online or live classroom study course.


A major benefit from the study guide was just getting familiar with the format of the exam. My main weaknesses were in Data Sufficiency and Critical Reasoning, but that was mostly from lack of familiarity with what the exam was looking for rather than from not being able to arrive at the correct answer. Once I figured out what the test was really looking for the rest was easy.

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Re: GMAT score changes over the years (1981 to now) [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2013, 09:51
Very interesting set of data... It appears as though the world is getting smarter...
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Re: GMAT score changes over the years (1981 to now) [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2013, 21:19
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Very interesting set of data... It appears as though the world is getting smarter...


I'd guess it has more to do with the spread of information via the internet and a big increase in the availability of study materials and courses.

I know my dad took the GMAT back in the day (probably around the same time) and he claims 90% of people would take the test cold, basically just wing it. Don't know if that's accurate but I do believe that today a much larger portion of people use study materials and prep courses. You have to now to get a half-decent score.

Anyway, its interesting to see the data.
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Re: GMAT score changes over the years (1981 to now) [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2013, 21:55
Was the GMAT valid for more than 5 years back then?
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Re: GMAT score changes over the years (1981 to now) [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2013, 12:47
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Was the GMAT valid for more than 5 years back then?


Not sure how long the scores were valid for back then. I realize the test format has changed dramatically since then.

To rjdunn03's comment: If I recall there weren't a lot of prep courses available plus the internet didn't exist back then. There were a number of study guides such as the Cliff Notes guide I used. Without practice exams I would have originally scored in the 60% range mainly due to a lack of familiarity with the test format.
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