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How much sandbagging is there in recommender ratings?

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How much sandbagging is there in recommender ratings? [#permalink]

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New post 01 Oct 2009, 03:16
Hey all,

I believe that recommenders should be honest in their appraisals. However, some people seem to believe that as recommenders, they have to paint a picture of the applicant in the best light possible and therefore fill out the forms to say that the applicant is in the top 1% or top 5% in all areas.

Would like to hear other people's perspectives on this, especially if you know something about the "system" and have evidence that inflation is commonplace.

Thanks!

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New post 05 Oct 2009, 14:21
You have a good point. Although from my experience, if you recommend are too honest, it might hurt your application. Admission committee has no means to differentiate between a good recommendation letter and the fake ones. However, I agree with you that saying top 1% is a bit stretch.

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