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# GMAT Percentiles Changed 10/01/04

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19 Oct 2004, 12:25
Hi Linda,

I just read that the GMAT percentiles changed on 10/01. Does this mean that we have to report the new percentiles for the given score, or do we represent the percentile we received when we took the test?

Also, I had 46 scaled score in the quant (80%), now 46 is 79%. Is 80% really the magic number as suggested, and does this changing of the percentiles hurt me? (710 overall).

Thanks.
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19 Oct 2004, 12:54
Hi,

I'm afraid that many students have taken the 80th percentile "rule" far too literally. At best it was nothing more than a rule of thumb to help students have some idea of what constitutes a competitive score. It does not have any mystical significance, especially for students with scores that are just below the indicated level.

The difference between the 79th percentile and the 80th percentile does not seem worth worrying about.

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19 Oct 2004, 16:25
MBACandidate2007 wrote:
Hi Linda,

I just read that the GMAT percentiles changed on 10/01. Does this mean that we have to report the new percentiles for the given score, or do we represent the percentile we received when we took the test?

Also, I had 46 scaled score in the quant (80%), now 46 is 79%. Is 80% really the magic number as suggested, and does this changing of the percentiles hurt me? (710 overall).

Thanks.

Here is the Wharton adcom blog post on the change in percentilesand how to handle it, at least for Wharton. You should check with your schools.

The change in percentile from 80% to 79% is insignificant. The 80% figure is a guideline. It is not a line in the sand that can't be crossed or a hard and fast cut-off.

Good luck!
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Re: GMAT Percentiles Changed 10/01/04   [#permalink] 19 Oct 2004, 16:25
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