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high gmat scores this year... [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2005, 01:13
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I was wondering if anyone had any insight into recent gmat scores. In the past two weeks, 5 people that I know of have scored 780 !!!! Has there been any change in the pattern/difficulty level of the gmat ?
If this is the case I presume will lower the importance given to gmat scores...

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Re: high gmat scores this year... [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2005, 23:22
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I was wondering if anyone had any insight into recent gmat scores. In the past two weeks, 5 people that I know of have scored 780 !!!! Has there been any change in the pattern/difficulty level of the gmat ?
If this is the case I presume will lower the importance given to gmat scores...

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I'm not aware of any marked trend toward 780's. You must have smart friends. :-) There has been a gradual increase in the GMAT scores, but I dont' know of any recent sharp increase.

If anyone else knows differently, please share.

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 [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2005, 08:03
Linda,
do you really mean that GMAT scores have been becoming better and better over the years. Is it a result of better focus by the students or easier examination levels by the GMAC.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2005, 08:14
I do not know for sure if more people are actually taking the GMAT, but I suspect so. And since more people are taking the GMAT, we will see many 750+++ scores around.

Just like in years where less people are taking GMAT, a 750++ score would be harder to come by.
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do you really mean that GMAT scores have been becoming better and better over the years. Is it a result of better focus by the students or easier examination levels by the GMAC.
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Yes, over the last ten years that I have been involved in MBA admissions, GMAT scores have increased. If you can dig up an old US News you will see that the average scores for top schools used to be lower.

I just did that. My vintage 1997 edition shows that Wharton's matriculating class of 1996 had an average GMAT score of 662, MIT's 650, Kellogg's 660, CBS 660, etc. You get the idea.

I believe the improved scores are a result of more and more students taking prep courses, but I don't know for sure. What started as strictly an extra of questionable benefit, became a good idea, and then virtually mandatory.

Frankly, I suspect the same is happening for essays.

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