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# GMAT total score.

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10 Dec 2017, 22:10
Hi.

I have a quick question.

I scored a 640 (Q47 V32), not my finest day ever.

I have not received my official score report yet.

Anyway, all score tables I look at suggest a Q47, V32 should result in a 650.

Any explanation for this?

Thanks
Werner

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11 Dec 2017, 17:55
louwbosman wrote:
Hi.

I have a quick question.

I scored a 640 (Q47 V32), not my finest day ever.

I have not received my official score report yet.

Anyway, all score tables I look at suggest a Q47, V32 should result in a 650.

Any explanation for this?

Thanks
Werner

Dear louwbosman Werner,

My friend, all the score tables out there are approximations based on past GMAT scores. Only GMAC itself, the folks who write the GMAT, would know if the percentiles are shifting. For example, it may be that, with the quality of GMAT prep now available, it's marginally easier to get the Q47 + V32 combination, so that combination now counts for a slightly lower composite GMAT score.

Also, keep in mind: we see integers, but I suspect that the scaled scores are really decimals, rounded to integers. Thus, both a 46.8372 and a 47.20573 would be rounded to Q47, but i suspect that the composite is computed from that decimal. Thus, there could be some "wiggle room" for any given scaled score.

Those are my thoughts, FWIW.

BTW, if you plan a retake, Magoosh would guarantee a 690 or your money back. Not a bad deal.

Mike
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11 Dec 2017, 23:10
mikemcgarry wrote:
louwbosman wrote:
Hi.

I have a quick question.

I scored a 640 (Q47 V32), not my finest day ever.

I have not received my official score report yet.

Anyway, all score tables I look at suggest a Q47, V32 should result in a 650.

Any explanation for this?

Thanks
Werner

Dear louwbosman Werner,

My friend, all the score tables out there are approximations based on past GMAT scores. Only GMAC itself, the folks who write the GMAT, would know if the percentiles are shifting. For example, it may be that, with the quality of GMAT prep now available, it's marginally easier to get the Q47 + V32 combination, so that combination now counts for a slightly lower composite GMAT score.

Also, keep in mind: we see integers, but I suspect that the scaled scores are really decimals, rounded to integers. Thus, both a 46.8372 and a 47.20573 would be rounded to Q47, but i suspect that the composite is computed from that decimal. Thus, there could be some "wiggle room" for any given scaled score.

Those are my thoughts, FWIW.

BTW, if you plan a retake, Magoosh would guarantee a 690 or your money back. Not a bad deal.

Mike

I will definitely take you up on the offer, if I decide to sit the exam again.

Regards

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