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# Same Quant / Verbal split Different Total Score - WTF?

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02 Mar 2011, 08:32
I was just going through the 700 Clubbers thread and I discovered that a person with my exact same quant/verbal split received a different total score

Is that supposed to happen? :

kgdhall wrote:
Score: 720 (Q48, V40)
Date: 28/02/2011
GMAT Prep Materials: OG, GMATPrep Tests, Free tests at Princeton, Manhattan, Knewton, GMAT Score
Best of all looking through the material on GMAT Club. With so much available here I didnt feel the need to do any more. Total prep time 2 weeks dedicated (4 hours a day). 2 weeks prior to that - off and on.

Entwistle wrote:
Score: Total - 710 | Quant - 48 | Verbal - 40 |
Date: 24th Feb 2011
GMAT Prep Material: Manhattan Guides 1 to 8 and OG 12th Edition
GMAT De-Brief: 650-to-710-in-60-days-d-109946.html

There are other anomalous scores in the 700 clubbers thread too
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02 Mar 2011, 09:33
Yes - the scores are relative and depend on how well/poorly test takers are doing so over time what it takes to get a 700 will move around.
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02 Mar 2011, 13:05
It all depends on the relative score that you're getting as you reach that last few questions. I know several folks who have my exact breakdown (Q49, V35) who ended up with a 690, instead of a 700.
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02 Mar 2011, 22:37
lol :D

I've realized the futility of walking down the "Interpret GMAT Scoring Algorithm" road
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04 Mar 2011, 21:54
it happens, never try and understand why, just accept it.

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17 May 2012, 16:08
I've now seen a couple people with Q48 V44 (the score I have) with 760s and I got a 750.

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17 May 2012, 17:59
louisdudley wrote:
I've now seen a couple people with Q48 V44 (the score I have) with 760s and I got a 750.

Unless you're going for 800, there's truly no difference between your 750 and 760, especially when you couple that with a GPA of 3.8. AdComs know that you have the intellectual horsepower to do the work. Trust me.
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18 May 2012, 13:27
think of it this way... a 48Q can be anywhere between a 47.5 - 48.4999999, a 44v can be anywhere between a 43.5 - 44.499999

so, when creating a composite score, its understandable that not everyone would receive the same given the same breakdown rounded to the nearest whole number.

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05 Jun 2012, 23:12
That would piss me off so much! I've always thought these point systems are ridiculous. I mean, has anyone in the world ever gotten below a 400? Why not just move this to a 0 to 100 scale?

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06 Jun 2012, 05:47
That would piss me off so much! I've always thought these point systems are ridiculous. I mean, has anyone in the world ever gotten below a 400? Why not just move this to a 0 to 100 scale?

According to GMAC 11% of people score a 390 or lower... but, I'm assuming the majority of people here are better prepared then that segment.
http://www.mba.com/the-gmat/gmat-scores ... means.aspx

The scoring scale isnt the issue, its rounding. Think of it this way, if everything was weighted equally, and the score was out of 100, a 48q and 44v could still be 91 (47.5+43.5) 92 (48+44) or 93 (48.49 + 44.49). No matter what, if our scores are going to be represented rounded to the whole number, there will always be differences when comparing breakdowns to total score, regardless of the scale.

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12 Jun 2012, 18:58
louisdudley wrote:
I've now seen a couple people with Q48 V44 (the score I have) with 760s and I got a 750.

you're joking right? i got a q49 v44 and i got a 750. how can they have a split lower than mine with a higher score?

ok i read about the rounding... is that really why the same scores (or even different) could end up with such counter intuitive total scores? I didn't read that anywhere.

i googled q49 and v44 and most people got 760s. there are a few "unlucky" people like myself that got 750s...

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12 Jun 2012, 19:04
pinchharmonic wrote:
louisdudley wrote:
I've now seen a couple people with Q48 V44 (the score I have) with 760s and I got a 750.

you're joking right? i got a q49 v44 and i got a 750. how can they have a split lower than mine with a higher score?

q49 could equal 48.5, v44 could equal 43.5 total = 92

Q48 could equal 48.49, v44 could equal 44.49 = 92.98

just remember a 49 could be anywhere between a 48.5-49.49, and a 48 could be 47.5-48.49

edit:
Its just how it goes I guess. Dont feel that because your total score is lower you are unlucky, its the score you earned. Not all 750s are equal, and not all 49q44v are equal.

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12 Jun 2012, 19:12
highwyre237 wrote:
pinchharmonic wrote:
louisdudley wrote:
I've now seen a couple people with Q48 V44 (the score I have) with 760s and I got a 750.

you're joking right? i got a q49 v44 and i got a 750. how can they have a split lower than mine with a higher score?

q49 could equal 48.5, v44 could equal 43.5 total = 92

Q48 could equal 48.49, v44 could equal 44.49 = 92.98

just remember a 49 could be anywhere between a 48.5-49.49, and a 48 could be 47.5-48.49

edit:
Its just how it goes I guess. Dont feel that because your total score is lower you are unlucky, its the score you earned. Not all 750s are equal, and not all 49q44v are equal.

thanks. I had no idea that the scores are calculated to the nearest tenth, but only reported to the units digit. In that case yes, i suppose i can accept that. I have a 3.38 GPA, which I thought was fine until I see that most of the applicants have very high GPAs. I figured the 760 would eliminate any doubt of my capability for top mba programs.

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