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The average (arithmetic mean) of a normal distribution of a school's test scores is 65, and standard deviation of the distribution is 6.5. A student scoring a 78 on the exam is in what percentile of the school?

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The average (arithmetic mean) of a normal distribution of a school's test scores is 65, and standard deviation of the distribution is 6.5. A student scoring a 78 on the exam is in what percentile of the school?

a.63rd b.68th c.84th d.96th e.98th

You can solve this question if you know the 68.2-95.4-99.7 rule of normal distributions (though the normal distribution is an absolutely continuous probability distribution and this is not the case in the question): 78 is 2 SD from the mean (65+2*6.5=78), so below it are \(95.4+\frac{100-95.4}{2}=97.7\approx{98}\) percent of data points, answer E. But don't worry about this question, normal distribution IS NOT tested on GMAT and you don't have to know this rule. _________________

The average (arithmetic mean) of a normal distribution of a school's test scores is 65, and standard deviation of the distribution is 6.5. A student scoring a 78 on the exam is in what percentile of the school?

A 63rd percentile B 68th percentile C 84th percentile D 96th percentile E 98th percentile
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07 Dec 2012, 12:19

Unfortunately or not, i have seen this question on Grockit. Its strange they are throwing such questions that do not have possibilities of being tested on the actual test.

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The average (arithmetic mean) of a normal distribution of a school's test scores is 65, and standard deviation of the distribution is 6.5. A student scoring a 78 on the exam is in what percentile of the school? A)63th percentile B)68th percentile C)84th percentile D)96th percentile E)98th percentile
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04 Jun 2013, 12:26

Stiv wrote:

The average (arithmetic mean) of a normal distribution of a school's test scores is 65, and standard deviation of the distribution is 6.5. A student scoring a 78 on the exam is in what percentile of the school? A)63th percentile B)68th percentile C)84th percentile D)96th percentile E)98th percentile

E...since the distribution of the curve is 2%,14%,34%,34%,14%,2%

The average (arithmetic mean) of a normal distribution of a school's test scores is 65, and standard deviation of the distribution is 6.5. A student scoring a 78 on the exam is in what percentile of the school? A)63th percentile B)68th percentile C)84th percentile D)96th percentile E)98th percentile

The average (arithmetic mean) of a normal distribution of a school's test scores is 65, and standard deviation of the distribution is 6.5. A student scoring a 78 on the exam is in what percentile of the school? A)63th percentile B)68th percentile C)84th percentile D)96th percentile E)98th percentile

This particular question is out of scope.

Note that mean and SD are tested on the GMAT but normal distributions are not. Then again, a question could mention that scores are normally distributed - the reason for that is that SD concept may not make sense for some distributions e.g. distributions with too much negative skewness etc. Hence they might mention that it is normally distributed for the discerning statistician. Normally, it can just be ignored. Focus only on the SD concepts. e.g. they could ask - which scores are 3 SD away from the mean?
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