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New post 17 Feb 2012, 12:27
I've seen quant score percentiles consistently dropping due to Chinese/Indian test takers. As long as I've been reading about GMAT scores, everyone has been harping upon getting that "golden" 80/80 split, with emphasis on the quant section for American test takers. In the not too distant past, I'm sure even a quant score of 46 would have qualified, whereas now, it's only in the 73rd percentile. So my question is, does admissions still look for the 80/80 split, or do they just look at raw scores due to the fairly extreme movement of the curve? Also, is my Q48 V42 considered "unbalanced" just because the percentile breakdown is 80% and 95%, respectively? Furthermore, what happens if/when my 48 quant score moves into the 70-79% range? 48 is a pretty damn good quant score in my opinion, and it'd suck to see the next wave of takers having to hit 50 in quant just to get into business school, when in all honesty, even someone who got a 42 or so in quant could still easily handle the math curriculum at the top schools.
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The 80/80 split is just "nice" to have and it ensures you are in the 700+ score.

Also, I think you're worrying too much about this. The GMAT serves two primary functions for adcoms:

1. Getting "on the table" as an applicant (you're on the table with your score)
2. A separating factor between like applicants when it's time to make a decision on an applicant.

I wouldn't worry too much about quant scaling upward more. There isn't much more room for it to scale and your verbal score (95 percentile) definitely adds weight as a major differentiating factor (since so many test takers kill quant, you will stand out doing very well in quant and killing verbal).
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New post 18 Feb 2012, 18:23
Some sound advice from mohater. I want to be able to consistently get 47-48 on quant and then really drive my score with the verbal section. We will see how that goes.
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New post 19 Feb 2012, 13:17
Thanks, mohater. You answered my question perfectly. :-D
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New post 31 Oct 2012, 11:35
A Quant score of 48 is now only 78th percentile. GREAT!! Haha.
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