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# 730 (Q50 V40) vs. 740 (Q50 V40)???!

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25 Mar 2010, 09:24
Hey guys,

I was fortunate enough to get a 730 (Q50 V40). Now I don't mean to be greedy or anything, but I was just wondering why some people with the same score breakout scored a 740 instead! And these were people that took the test just weeks prior to my test. Any info would be great. It just seems odd... I can see how the percentile (i.e. 96%) might go down depending on the curve, but I thought the pure # would be the same?

My math and verbal breakout percentiles were the same too.. 93% & 89% respectively.

Thanks!

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25 Mar 2010, 10:29
There is a free floating range of +/- 10 points for similar raw scores.

i.e. I have a 48/38 and I got a 710.

Someone else with a 48/38 got a 700.

We don't know the exact algorithm, nor do we know what problems are experimental vs what problems are scored.

Don't lose any sleep over it. Just accept there is a small free floating range for similar raw scores.

bigmonkey31 wrote:
Hey guys,

I was fortunate enough to get a 730 (Q50 V40). Now I don't mean to be greedy or anything, but I was just wondering why some people with the same score breakout scored a 740 instead! And these were people that took the test just weeks prior to my test. Any info would be great. It just seems odd... I can see how the percentile (i.e. 96%) might go down depending on the curve, but I thought the pure # would be the same?

My math and verbal breakout percentiles were the same too.. 93% & 89% respectively.

Thanks!

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25 Mar 2010, 14:01
hm, gotcha. it just makes no sense! Q50 (93%) with V40 (89%) somehow produces 2 different GMAT values! maybe I was just on the crappier end of the Q50/V40 breakouts hah. But if that were the case.. they should make increments of 5pts!

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25 Mar 2010, 16:37
if you think that's bad, how do you think the guy who got a Q 51, V 51, but only got a 790 feels ?

agreed with mohater, it's just one of the quirks of the GMAT scoring... don't worry about it too much
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27 Mar 2010, 18:44
Very few people (if any) have ever worked the scoring out. I got a 780 (Q50 V50) yet I have heard of people with Q51-V48-790, and possibly, if my memory is not playing tricks, 51-48-800. Also why the scale goes up to 60 and yet apparently the maximum score is 51....although one of my students did once get a 55 on verbal!!!

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28 Mar 2010, 20:45
rovinggmattutor wrote:
Very few people (if any) have ever worked the scoring out. I got a 780 (Q50 V50) yet I have heard of people with Q51-V48-790, and possibly, if my memory is not playing tricks, 51-48-800. Also why the scale goes up to 60 and yet apparently the maximum score is 51....although one of my students did once get a 55 on verbal!!!

55 on Verbal!! This is the first time I have read anyone reorting score of more than 51 in Quant/Verbal.

Has the unchartered territory of score range from 52 to 60 got something to do with experiment questions?

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