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New post 04 Apr 2011, 01:23
Hello Everyone...

Been taking a few CATs lately and I noticed something I did not expect and wanted to throw it up here to see if this is normal or what.

Can a "combined" score/%tile be greater than the sum of the parts?

I recently scored:
Quantitative 44 73 %
Verbal 36 81 %
Total 660 86 %

One would think I would have gotten a combined in the 77% range, and definitely between 73% and 81%.


My previous CAT was:
Quantitative 44 73 %
Verbal 26 44 %
Total 580 64 %

This total seems to "jive" better.

so yay for improvement but whats going on with the latest combined score?

Am I missing something?

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No, that's typical gmat score. The better your verbal score, the better percentile of your total combined gmat score :)

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New post 04 Apr 2011, 08:54
Haha! makes sense. I guess I was not thinking about it clearly so late in the night. Makes sense though... as fewer people have "high" Q and V scores together, this should account for the discrepancy above.

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This thread will answer all your questions on the scores:

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New post 05 Apr 2011, 17:30
I've also noticed that in most cases, if the quant and verbal score are in the same percentile range, then the overall score will be in the next percentile range.
e.g. In my real GMAT I scored an 82 percentile in quant and 89 percentile in verbal. Since both the scores are in the 80 percentile range, my total score was in the next percentile range (92 percentile)
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New post 07 Apr 2011, 17:44
I don't think that's right. It all depends. It's much harder to score in a higher percentile on both than just one, so your overall percentile is higher. I'd just leave it at that.

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