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# Does the GMAT Score Table Change?

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23 Oct 2012, 04:51
Thanks in advance for your help, I have a question on my score. I received a 46Q and 42V, for a total score of 710. I understand that the percentile for the score you get changes all the time, but I thought that the overall score out of 800 was directly based off of your Q and V scores. From looking at all the tables I can find online (including the one on this site) a Quantitative Score of 46 and a Verbal Score of 42 should be a 720. I'm obviously happy with my score and can't really complain, but I thought that this was interesting. Has this discrepancy happened to anyone else?

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23 Oct 2012, 05:06
sjcuva wrote:
Thanks in advance for your help, I have a question on my score. I received a 46Q and 42V, for a total score of 710. I understand that the percentile for the score you get changes all the time, but I thought that the overall score out of 800 was directly based off of your Q and V scores. From looking at all the tables I can find online (including the one on this site) a Quantitative Score of 46 and a Verbal Score of 42 should be a 720. I'm obviously happy with my score and can't really complain, but I thought that this was interesting. Has this discrepancy happened to anyone else?

Happens quite often - percentiles change all the time, thus changing what a 46Q would be. (Quant is trending upward, while Verbal is trending downward.. i.e. a 46Q is worth less today than it was 5 years ago).
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24 Oct 2012, 08:05
Your actual score ( on an 800 scale) and your Quant and Verbal Raw scores will not change .

Your percentiles can change though . As the poster above mentioned , the Quant percentiles seem to be dropping quite a bit each year . For instance to be above the "80th percentile" threshold in Quant you need to score atleast a Q49 now . But about 5-6 years ago you could score above the 80th percentile with just a quant score of 47.

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24 Oct 2012, 08:12
I understand the idea of percentiles changing, I was more wondering about the gmat tables that show if you get X quantitative and Y verbal you will get score Z out of 800. It just seemed odd to me that on every table I was able to find, my scores of 46 and 42 show a higher score out of 800 than I ended up receiving. I guess those tables are just estimates by various groups?

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24 Oct 2012, 09:07
Yup they're just "estimates" . The test makers are the only ones who know how exactly the raw scores convert to your overall score .

For instance you can get a 710 either with a Q50,V35 /Q46,V42 /Q49,38 /Q 51,V34 ( these are just some combinations , I'd imagine there are quite a few combinations that can lead to the same score ) .

Actually how it works is each Raw score isn't the same . For example say two people score a 50 in quant , one person might be in the "high end" of the 50 and the other might be on the "low end" of the 50 . So what that means is eventhough their score reports might say they had the same score in quant , the CAT algorithm will give a higher value to the guy who's at the higher end ( all this is done internally ) . Again , none of us know exactly how this conversion is done , only the test makers know about this .

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09 Nov 2012, 07:01
Their is no official scale that the GMAT has provided that combines the Q and V scores into one 200-800 score. The best estimate you can find on the internet is here:-

http://gmathints.com/gmat-info/gmatscores

P.s - This is only a ballpark estimate and should not be taken as 100% accurate..
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