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# How the total score is calculated?

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08 Jan 2018, 20:10
I took the test to day, and got 49 for quant (75th percentile) and 37 for verbal (83 percentile). My total score is 710, which equates to 91th percentile. Why the total score percentile is way higher than each of its component? Forgive me for asking this because I really have no idea how the scoring works. Heck, I didn't even know my passport is required as a form of identification to take the test until this morning. Luckily my house is only 10 mins walking from the testing center.

And I was legit surprised at my score at the end of the test 'cause all I did to prepare for the test was doing the 2 free prep tests that come with signing up for the exam. I know I can score above 50th percentile for both, which is my target since the school I'm applying for is not that competitive. I guess I was extremely lucky today!
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08 Jan 2018, 22:04
hydro94 wrote:
I took the test to day, and got 49 for quant (75th percentile) and 37 for verbal (83 percentile). My total score is 710, which equates to 91th percentile. Why the total score percentile is way higher than each of its component? Forgive me for asking this because I really have no idea how the scoring works. Heck, I didn't even know my passport is required as a form of identification to take the test until this morning. Luckily my house is only 10 mins walking from the testing center.

And I was legit surprised at my score at the end of the test 'cause all I did to prepare for the test was doing the 2 free prep tests that come with signing up for the exam. I know I can score above 50th percentile for both, which is my target since the school I'm applying for is not that competitive. I guess I was extremely lucky today!
Firstly, congrats on the 710

The reason your total percentile is higher than either of your subscore percentiles is that you did well on both sections, and that combination (of good quant and good verbal) is rare. For example, there could be a lot of people who get a Q49 or more (25% of the test takers in the last 3 years), but not all of them get a good score on the verbal section as well (and the other way around).

You might want to take another look at your target schools now. Maybe consider some higher ranked schools?
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08 Jan 2018, 22:45
AjiteshArun wrote:
hydro94 wrote:
I took the test to day, and got 49 for quant (75th percentile) and 37 for verbal (83 percentile). My total score is 710, which equates to 91th percentile. Why the total score percentile is way higher than each of its component? Forgive me for asking this because I really have no idea how the scoring works. Heck, I didn't even know my passport is required as a form of identification to take the test until this morning. Luckily my house is only 10 mins walking from the testing center.

And I was legit surprised at my score at the end of the test 'cause all I did to prepare for the test was doing the 2 free prep tests that come with signing up for the exam. I know I can score above 50th percentile for both, which is my target since the school I'm applying for is not that competitive. I guess I was extremely lucky today!
Firstly, congrats on the 710

The reason your total percentile is higher than either of your subscore percentiles is that you did well on both sections, and that combination (of good quant and good verbal) is rare. For example, there could be a lot of people who get a Q49 or more (25% of the test takers in the last 3 years), but not all of them get a good score on the verbal section as well (and the other way around).

You might want to take another look at your target schools now. Maybe consider some higher ranked schools?

I'm not applying for any MBA program 'cause I can't afford that. Just wanted to apply for a mediocre school where a Master degree is cheap enough so I can get an advanced degree without draining my wallet. I'm currently working as an accountant and a Master degree gives me a better chance to get work visa in the US.
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