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Raw Score to Overall Score discrepancies [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2008, 07:17
Although it's nice to have made a 700 (Q47, V40), I'm seeing a lot of other folks post raw scores such as Q45/V40 and Q47/V39 and got 700s overall; someone posted a Q45/V38 and got a 680; and lastly, someone with my same raw scores of Q47/V40 got a 710!!!

Do these raw to overall score discrepancies have anything to do with the difficulty level of questions correctly/incorrectly answered? Someone made a comment in one of the threads that it has to do with raw score rounding, but I seriously doubt that can be the only factor.

Or is the GMAC scoring algorithm flaky?!
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Re: Raw Score to Overall Score discrepancies [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2008, 12:33
The thing I have learned is, it doesn't matter because you cannot change it. GMAC is the judge and jury here, there's no appeal process. :)
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Re: Raw Score to Overall Score discrepancies [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2008, 13:15
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Here is a slightly outdated document, but it may help for your cause. The idea was to crack the algorithm that GMAC uses for relationship between raw scores and final. Anybody wants to do it?

Most of these scores have been verified here on GmatClub but not all.
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Re: Raw Score to Overall Score discrepancies [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2008, 13:22
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Here is another thread that has been started in 2004 - may still be relevant.
1-p28270?t=5089&hilit=percentiles#p28270
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Re: Raw Score to Overall Score discrepancies [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2008, 13:42
thanks for that info.

yea, no point in contesting my score over 10 points once i'm already at 700.

the best thing would be to retake and get that 750!

but, the GMAT isn't everything and i'm very pleased with my 700.

essays are going to make or break me at this point...
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Re: Raw Score to Overall Score discrepancies [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2008, 13:47
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trader1 wrote:
thanks for that info.

yea, no point in contesting my score over 10 points once i'm already at 700.

the best thing would be to retake and get that 750!

but, the GMAT isn't everything and i'm very pleased with my 700.

essays are going to make or break me at this point...



I agree - your essays will make the difference now. 700 or 720 probably does not make much difference, getting above 750 is nice and may be helpful. However, different schools have different policies and rules - some worship GMAT whereas others consider it as a bare minimum for applicants.
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Re: Raw Score to Overall Score discrepancies   [#permalink] 03 Jan 2008, 13:47
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