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# GMAT Percentiles

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09 Dec 2008, 13:03
FYI, the Percentiles on your score report do change over time. I was always under the impression that they were set at the time you take the test; however, I just sent a report to a new school and re-checked the report and they are different than they were in Feb. I'm still self-reporting the numbers from my original report, but I suppose some schools will see the current ones...probably doesn't matter.

700 - was 92% now 90%
Q48 - was 85% now 84%
V38 - was 84% now 83%
AWA 5.5 was 83% now 80%
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09 Dec 2008, 13:08
maverick2011 wrote:
FYI, the Percentiles on your score report do change over time.

Hmm...people always say that GMAT scores (because when you take the exam multiple times, your score range is consistent without any additional prep) are good indicators of one's true abilities.

However, this is proof that over the years, GMAT Prep services and materials improved - allowing individuals to raise their scores.
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09 Dec 2008, 13:57
ninkorn wrote:

Hmm...people always say that GMAT scores (because when you take the exam multiple times, your score range is consistent without any additional prep) are good indicators of one's true abilities.

However, this is proof that over the years, GMAT Prep services and materials improved - allowing individuals to raise their scores.

I don't know if that's necessarily what this proves. I think it might prove that the pool of people taking the test is stronger, not necessarily due to prep material (maybe because of the caliber of people that now feel compelled to take the GMAT due to the economy, but did not previously).
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09 Dec 2008, 14:20
damn...there goes my 80/80 split.
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09 Dec 2008, 14:33
Yeah, just ordered my GMAT scores from Pearson Vue and noticed by 50Q dropped from 95% to 94%...but that 780 total is going to stay 99% for a while! WOOT WOOT
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09 Dec 2008, 14:37
If I ever fall out of 99th percentile, I will sue! Even if it's in 2050!
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09 Dec 2008, 14:41
i hear that as soon as one passes 750 in GMAT, one can apply to Mensa for membership..

Anyone did it? Or thought about doing it? Might come in handy when interviewing....or when your resume gets published in the book for employers....
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09 Dec 2008, 14:46
ninkorn wrote:
i hear that as soon as one passes 750 in GMAT, one can apply to Mensa for membership..

Anyone did it? Or thought about doing it? Might come in handy when interviewing....or when your resume gets published in the book for employers....

I know that you can use SAT scores (at least as of a few years ago), but was unaware about the GMAT.

Edit: Added link to Mensa. Apparently, they don't accept the SAT, but GMAT (if you're 95 %ile or higher on Q and V).

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09 Dec 2008, 14:47
ninkorn wrote:
i hear that as soon as one passes 750 in GMAT, one can apply to Mensa for membership..

Anyone did it? Or thought about doing it? Might come in handy when interviewing....or when your resume gets published in the book for employers....

Hehe. If you are being serious and looking to get into finance, then I'd advise against it! When interviewers see Mensa or similar stuff on a resume, they will work extra hard to tear you apart. (Mensa, poker, chess, math competitions on a resume open you up to very complicated/pressure questions.)
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09 Dec 2008, 14:47
Mensa's standards are actually fairly low. I'm sure you could get in (if you pay your dues), but anyone who knows a bit about Mensa will know that their standards are fairly low.
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09 Dec 2008, 16:34
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Mensa's standards are actually fairly low. I'm sure you could get in (if you pay your dues), but anyone who knows a bit about Mensa will know that their standards are fairly low.

Did anyone find it a little odd that their cutoff for the old-old SAT was 1250 while for the GMAT it was the 95% ?

I'm not sure how the old SAT stacked up, but I seemed to know a lot of people that scored above 1250. Plus, the GMAT takers are a highly selective group to start with (not a cross section of society) ...
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09 Dec 2008, 16:42
If I get into one of the schools I applied to, I won't give two sh*ts whether my percentile drops.
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09 Dec 2008, 19:16
Interesting. I've just been putting the splits from the score report the day I took the test. It can't be too far off from the original ones now...
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09 Dec 2008, 19:20
My understanding is that percentiles are year specific. Your percentile can change until the final tally is made, but after that it's fixed.

In other words, if you took the GMAT back in 2000, your 700 is still a 97% (or whatever it was).

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09 Dec 2008, 19:33
I just got this from Pearson VUE:

"For each of your scores on the GMAT® test(Verbal, Quantitative, Total, and Analytical Writing Assessment), you will receive a percentile rank. Each rank indicates the percentage of examinees that have scored below you based on the scores of the entire GMAT® testing population in the last three years. Your percentile rank may change from year-to-year, possibly more often, depending on current scores received by test-takers. However, your scaled score never changes."

That's not really clear on when the "three years" starts and stops. It's not a big deal though, just something I noticed.
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09 Dec 2008, 20:40
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Unlike most tests, the qualifying score for the GMAT is based on the percentile of the total score. There are three columns on the score report, each with a numerical score and a percentile. You're looking for the percentile next to the score in the "total" column — if it's 95% or greater, the score qualifies you for Mensa.

So it's 95% on your total score (i.e. 740+ or whatever), not on both your Q and your V individually.
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09 Dec 2008, 21:38
Tarmac wrote:
Mensa's standards are actually fairly low. I'm sure you could get in (if you pay your dues), but anyone who knows a bit about Mensa will know that their standards are fairly low.

I figured this when I saw Tara Reid at my last Mensa meeting.
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10 Dec 2008, 05:31
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Tarmac wrote:
Mensa's standards are actually fairly low. I'm sure you could get in (if you pay your dues), but anyone who knows a bit about Mensa will know that their standards are fairly low.

I figured this when I saw Tara Reid at my last Mensa meeting.

Wow ... Its like all of the random threads are coming full-circle
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10 Dec 2008, 06:37
a 95% is a 720 right now.
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10 Dec 2008, 11:16
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ninkorn wrote:
i hear that as soon as one passes 750 in GMAT, one can apply to Mensa for membership..

Anyone did it? Or thought about doing it? Might come in handy when interviewing....or when your resume gets published in the book for employers....

Hehe. If you are being serious and looking to get into finance, then I'd advise against it! When interviewers see Mensa or similar stuff on a resume, they will work extra hard to tear you apart. (Mensa, poker, chess, math competitions on a resume open you up to very complicated/pressure questions.)

You mean that Mensa membership makes you look nerdy therefore less attractive to employers, or that it makes interviewers want to 'test' if you're really smart?
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