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# 80/80 split appears to be a myth

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27 Nov 2011, 13:22
When you use percentiles from the MBA site and plug their respective scores in to 800score:

80%Q, 81%V = 690
59%Q, 99%V (45, the lowest 99th to be fair)=710
99%Q, 64%V = 690

Those were the closest percentiles to 60, 80, and 100, that coincided with a 0-51 score. We've been told that the closer your percentiles are, the better your score will be. This isn't true. In reality, the higher your verbal to quantitative ratio is, the better your score will be. You're better off with a 60Q/99V split than with a "balanced" 80/80 split.
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27 Nov 2011, 13:32
The 80/80 split doesn't have to do with how high your overall score will be given your subscores. The split deals with a soft psychological cutoff that Adcoms put on your application. It isn't enough to have a 700+ GMAT overall to be seen favorably by the Adcoms, but you also need to have fairly strong/well-rounded scores in both sections as well. The want to know that you scored at least in the 80th %ile in both sections or else they may question your ability to perform well in the curriculum. Wharton advertises the "80/80 rule" pretty openly.
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27 Nov 2011, 14:38
Mark,

How about getting a 99%ile on the actual GMAT - knowing is the easier part.
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27 Nov 2011, 15:23
hello212 wrote:
The 80/80 split doesn't have to do with how high your overall score will be given your subscores. The split deals with a soft psychological cutoff that Adcoms put on your application. It isn't enough to have a 700+ GMAT overall to be seen favorably by the Adcoms, but you also need to have fairly strong/well-rounded scores in both sections as well. The want to know that you scored at least in the 80th %ile in both sections or else they may question your ability to perform well in the curriculum. Wharton advertises the "80/80 rule" pretty openly.

I agree that balance is still important, but having balanced section scores has been pitched in articles and threads as having a direct impact on your score, and I'm sure forum goers will benefit from clarity on this topic.

And as for the other comment, I'm not sure I understand what you're trying to say.
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27 Nov 2011, 17:06
I think you want to get the highest score you can (however you can get it).
I have seen the pitch of getting a more balanced score as beneficial. I have reviewed the score tables many times and the bottom line is that - you want to improve what you can improve most.

See the tables here: gmat-scores-83890.html

Also, here is a profile of a recent Booth admit for you to dwell on: members/member-76523.html
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