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Is 750 the new 650??

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Is 750 the new 650?? [#permalink]

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18 Mar 2009, 18:29
Friends of mine who took the GMAT in the mid-late 90s said that getting a 650 was a great score and that it was much rarer to break 700..seems like if you had high 600s with a good story, you were practically in the door at Columbia, HBS, etc.....

Do you think this is accurate? If so what do you think is the reason? Better test preparation? More competition?
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18 Mar 2009, 23:48
Definitely has been plenty of score inflation - you can compare the tables from a while ago - 2001, 2003, etc and currently and the percentiles have shifted even. I won't complain too much but in 2003 my 750 was 99th and right now it is 98th

Test prep is improving significantly but the biggest factor is test takers are taking GMAT more seriously and there is a lot more of them. In 2002 when we just started, there was Princeton, Kaplan, and Veritas had a small hut on the beach of Malibu (just kidding). Today there are quite a few more players. GMAT is becoming more of an asset than just a pass/fail mark, though I would argue somewhat that top 20 still consider GMAT as a pass/fail - other's don't and will award scholarships based on scores.
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19 Mar 2009, 11:16
I know what the OP is saying, but its not that extreme. I would say maybe 740 is the new 700.

And at the ultra elite schools, they don't really care as long as you are above 680.

Oddly enough, a specific high score is much more important at the lower schools.
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20 Mar 2009, 06:41
I am not in the loop as most here, so I could be off course..but my current thought assumption is that to get into a top 10 school these days..Adm is looking for a 7 in the hundreds position.....(always thinking GMAT these days...)

I get the impression from the postings here that 680 is relatively easy to achieve these days compared to years past.....mostly due to better preparation.
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21 Mar 2009, 00:17
you are not thinking through it logically. if a class of 500-900 students (quite typical at an ultra-elite) averages 700 on something, how many of those students do you think got under 700? Hundreds of them. HUNDREDS
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26 Mar 2009, 00:41
As I noted in another thread, I purchased the new OG and one of the things I noticed was the scoring tables. There, I saw that the percentiles have been changing considerably so what used to be a 680 now requires a 700, etc. The top numerical scores (e.g., +680) really got a lot more elite and difficult.
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26 Mar 2009, 05:39
I am starting to think I should have taken the GMAT in the late 90s......damn.
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