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# Has anyone scored 800 in gmat?

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30 May 2011, 06:15
I ended up scoring 760... however my impression is that once you've got over 750, there's no real benefit to getting a higher score, and in fact it could damage your application - it could act as a red-flag to the admissions committee, making them wonder if you are a one-dimensional person with a fairly narrow range of life experiences (as has been suggested above).

Really, once you've nailed the mid-700's, you've got a good enough score on the GMAT for the admissions committee to 'tick the box' and move on to the other areas of the application.
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30 May 2011, 13:43
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Interesting !!

Just a thought - May be those scoring 800 get a little over-confident about getting the admit and hence neglect other aspects of application (like essays ).

Long time lurker here...

I think the more likely issue in most cases is that the GMAT is only important to a point--it's critical to reach your school's minimum acceptable threshold for GMAT scores (whatever that might be), but there's not a ton of value in exceeding that threshold. Based on my experience, once you're in the range of GMAT scores for applicants they'd realistically consider, other factors become much more important for determining whether you'll actually get in.

In my case, I scored 780, and I got the el rejecto from one top 10 school, while I got wait listed by another top 10. My u-grad GPA was good, too, I certainly wasn't overconfident in my applications, and I'm not a one-dimensional robot type. What seems to have sunk me, though, is that I'm a little older and my work experience isn't super impressive. In the end, I think that those two things were a hell of a lot more important than my numbers.

In any case, I did get into a couple of 30- to 40-range schools with full scholarships. The high GMAT score probably played a pretty significant role in the scholarship decision, but I'm guessing I would have still been accepted (prob w/less money) at those two schools if my GMAT score had been 80 points lower.
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28 Jul 2011, 16:57
luckymojo wrote:
my manhattangmat instructor scored an 800. i don't think he ended up applying to bschool, though.

I think you are talking about Ron Purewal
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29 Jul 2011, 05:15
Well, I can't remember where I read it, perhaps one of Sandy's threads on Business Week before that site went by the wayside, but somebody (very authoritative I know) said that an 800 throws up a red flag at Stanford. The 800s mostly bombed the interview because their 800 was a function of their relative weirdness, which came out in the interview.

Though I haven't yet applied to schools (I am this fall), it appears as though you just need to check the proverbial box with the GMAT. You just need to demonstrate that you're smart enough, not the smartest person in the world. Over and above is nice, and helps with scholarships and potentially getting the initial interview, but by and large GMAT scores take on this uber-significance because they are the only metric that each candidate has in common. Unlike law school admissions, which are just a raw numbers game (LSAT + GPA = your chances), business schools appear much more holistic. Through some unscientific formula, ADCOMs are giving points for your undergrad if it's an exclusive one, the selectivity of jobs you have, performance, extras, etc.
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29 Jul 2011, 05:25
3underscore wrote:
I heard that if you are on track for 800 you get Fermat's last theorem.

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29 Jul 2011, 20:37
My buddy's roommate at HBS was an 800 GMAT guy. They graduated a few years ago. He said he was just naturally brilliant and pretty much coasted through school.
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29 Jul 2011, 21:31
My cousin attended HBS with a 790. He still tells me he could have got a perfect score and he probably would if he wrote it a second time. He 'messed up' the V section... he says... lol

No matter what people say about astronomical GMAT scores - its a sign of nerdiness, a possible indicator of imbalanced social skills etc... I just think 800 is an incredible achievement no matter what.

More power to those who can get that score. If this world was completely fair and objective and only reliant on pure cold, calculating technical skills, 800 GMATs would rule this world!
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29 Jul 2011, 22:13
Stanford's Classes of 2011 & 2008 both have 800 GMATs: http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/mba/admissi ... ile-p.html
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09 Aug 2011, 06:18
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Yes!!!! I did!!!!!

For Quants the last questions was a DS one for programming a space rocket to fly using only the math tools of linear algebra and the weighted average theorem.( I think that the NASA people do not know this cut through solution for their job. . . )

And for verbal section the last question was the below CR question:

Yes or no??

a) Yes.
b) No.
C) Maybe.
D) Yes, if in the case that I had knew the whole discussion I would have answered Yes.
E No, if in the case that I had knew the whole discussion I would have answered No.

After answering the last question the computer started smoking . .and a Matrix like code started showing on my screen and finally the score appeared after 1 minute. Then the supervisor of the test centre started setting up the printer in order to be able to print the digit 8 in the first place of the score. .( it was not necessary up until then . . . )

By arriving home I got an e-mail from the PhD of HBS assuring me that I have a place in their 2013 class.
I rejected the offer because I wanted a MBA degree instead . .
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22 Aug 2011, 06:43
Many congratulations.....
Can you please tell me what you used for CR questions?
ha ha ha... Love it!

Cheers,
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Yes!!!! I did!!!!!

For Quants the last questions was a DS one for programming a space rocket to fly using only the math tools of linear algebra and the weighted average theorem.( I think that the NASA people do not know this cut through solution for their job. . . )

And for verbal section the last question was the below CR question:

Yes or no??

a) Yes.
b) No.
C) Maybe.
D) Yes, if in the case that I had knew the whole discussion I would have answered Yes.
E No, if in the case that I had knew the whole discussion I would have answered No.

After answering the last question the computer started smoking . .and a Matrix like code started showing on my screen and finally the score appeared after 1 minute. Then the supervisor of the test centre started setting up the printer in order to be able to print the digit 8 in the first place of the score. .( it was not necessary up until then . . . )

By arriving home I got an e-mail from the PhD of HBS assuring me that I have a place in their 2013 class.
I rejected the offer because I wanted a MBA degree instead . .

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06 Aug 2013, 08:59
ashkank wrote:
HI,
I got 800 in 2010 ( Q:52, V:51) .
if any one has a specific plan can get it , it's not difficult .

1.) Unless, you aren't uploading/mailing proof no one's going to believe you.
2.) And you face a risk of getting warned/banned by the mods.
3.) I am one of them.
4.) And I'm a bit touchy about people getting more than I did on quant
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06 Aug 2013, 09:11
Lol. Count me in. I am touchy about high verbal scores.

And I don't think 52 is possible in the quant. So prove us wrong!

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06 Aug 2013, 12:00
ashkank wrote:
2,3,4 ) it depends on you you can , or you can't

I generally don't indulge in these things, but I'll sort this out for you.

for 1.) That's a perk of being a moderator. You could have timed your GMAT that way, you know, be a mod first, then take the GMAT and then, write I got 810.

+ I'm not a grammar nazi, but I don't get a chance to correct a V51 every day. So, here goes:
You're = You are. You are not that good, you are wrong etc.

Anyhow, on a more serious note, we don't allow people to post random things on threads without backing up their claims. We intend to keep this place clean and we will welcome if you could alleviate our apprehensions. PM me or any of the active mods if you need any help with that and until then, your further posts on this thread will be deleted.

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06 Aug 2013, 19:54
This was unnecessary.

Thank you ashkank for your input. I had little choice but to deactivate the account. You won't be bothered by us again.
The curse of the 800 seems to continue to plague some people. Good luck to you and hope you live a hundred years.
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01 May 2014, 12:25
Perfect scores raise red flags. Just recently I read a story about a guy who took the test for other people for nearly 6 years before he got caught. In 2 and a half years he took the test 212 times.
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27 May 2015, 17:53
Here is one of probably quite a few - http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home ... 086929.cms
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08 Mar 2016, 03:07
3underscore wrote:
billyjeans wrote:
how did you manage to find this thread? it's from 2007.

You do know there is a search on here, billy...?

hey i found this in 2016.. :p
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30 Jun 2016, 02:23
manamica wrote:
Perfect scores raise red flags. Just recently I read a story about a guy who took the test for other people for nearly 6 years before he got caught. In 2 and a half years he took the test 212 times.

Did he ever score an 800?
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19 Jul 2016, 22:48
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riverripper wrote:
I have a friend who got a 790 with a 6AWA and got rejected by the 4 schools he applied to, depite that score and a 3.9 gpa. It was most likely because he had no work experience (applied right out of school) and was pretty much very one dimensional, complete academic. I read his essays they were very well written but there was no substance to them since he really had no experiences outside of the classroom and clubs.

He ended up getting a Phd in math instead.

I'm guessing the guys who scored 800s had a very similar story. Not enough work experience, not enough extracirriculars, and mediocre essays.

Work ex is probably the most important criteria.
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