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# Is this normal?

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Joined: 04 Sep 2006
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22 Nov 2006, 22:20
Do you see any anamolies in these scores and their breakups?(These scores are less than month old)

1) 730 (Q 50, V 38) :juliagoessler
2) 710 (Q-51 V-35):prashant_13
------Difference between 1 and 2: Q -1 V +3 Total +20

3) 710 (Q49,V39): cmns18
4) 720, Q47 V41 : xixtrays
------Difference between 3 and 4: Q -2 V +2 Total +10

5) 690 Q49 V35:agsfaltex
6) 700 Q49 V35:abhis0
-----Difference nill except score

7) 700 (Q50, V34): walletless
8) 710! Quant 49, Verbal 38:bobokitty82
9) 710 (48Q, 39V):gmat4us
---Comment????

Is it possible for two people to take test same day and get same break up and different score?
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22 Nov 2006, 22:38
Based on the info that you provided, only the 3rd set looks weird to me. It is strange that two people got the same breakdown but came out with different total scores.

The other scores all seem to be in range. Verbal moves the overall score more in the mid range, but by the time you get to 45+ verbal, any further improvements do little to affect the overall score.
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22 Nov 2006, 22:53
I agree pelihu.....my score is one of the examples of weird set....(Can we say that there is margin of error for GMAT? This set may be example of same.
I was reading in barrons guide book that in Toefl, margin of error occurs and that ,even if taken same day, two same performance may be judged differently. Though I am happy to have 700. )

However, all the verbal scores are not in 45+ range....from 35 to 45.....difference is very little to large case by case...
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22 Nov 2006, 23:27
I have absolutely the same problem!I got 49 Q and 36 V and I can not understand why my final score is 690 Yesterday I spoke with the customer service and their response was 'just wait for the official score report'
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23 Nov 2006, 02:35

700 (Q50 V33)
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SAID BUSINESS SCHOOL, OXFORD - MBA CLASS OF 2008

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23 Nov 2006, 15:09
I got 50Q+42V = 760 and a friend of mine got 50Q+42V = 750 a month ago. Our test dates were approx a couple of weeks apart.

I theory below explains how two identical scaled scores may result in different total score.

The way i look at it is : The scaled scores are perhaps rounded.

So lets look at the above two scores and assume that:
1) 50Q+42V = 50.4Q+42.4V in reality and was rounded.
2) 50Q+42V = 50.1Q+42.1V in reality and was rounded.

Both the above scores when rounded may result in the above identical scaled scores.

Lets further assume that the two section scores are added and then rounded and then a total score is calculated. (This the actual process may be different and much more complicated)

In case 1) Total = 50.4+42.4 = 92.8 = ~93 (after rounding)
In case 2) Total = 50.1+42.2 = 92.3 = ~92 (after rounding)

The case 1) score may result in 760 total (99%) whereas case 2) score
may result in 750 total (98%).

The above is just a theory but it shows that the scaled scores we get may be the rounded scores and hence may result in diff. total in some cases.
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23 Nov 2006, 17:05
It is also possible that a certain internal weightage attached to some questions do skew the final numbers in favor of one or the other.
23 Nov 2006, 17:05
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