I'm pretty new here so I apologize in advance if this is the sort of "duh" question that has been asked a zillion times before.
I've taken a few of the practice tests so far (Kaplan
online, PP1 and Kaplan
CD, scored 720, 690 and 730 respectively) and in all cases, on a strict percentage-answered-correctly basis, as well as on scaled score, I do slightly better on quant than on verbal. But on a percentile basis, it's been fairly even, or verbal slightly ahead.
For example, the most recent Kaplan
practice score (730) was broken down as 46 quant (96%) and 43 verbal (96%), with overall 99%.
From this, I conclude that more people score very highly on the quant section than on the verbal section, making the higher percentiles tougher to achieve on the quant portion. Is that right?
And since I've heard that many b-schools care more about the quant section than the verbal, should I concentrate more on raising my quant scores? Or should I spend more time on verbal, on the assumption that I can better distinguish myself from other candidates this way? Of course I'll review both, but I have about 3 1/2 weeks left to study, so I want to budget my time wisely.
For example, will most b-schools favour a 49 quant/40 verbal score over a 46 quant/43 verbal score? Or do they prefer candidates that score more evenly on both portions?