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# The real distribution of GMAT scores

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Director
Joined: 28 Oct 2003
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The real distribution of GMAT scores [#permalink]

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07 Dec 2003, 21:44
According to the OG, about 1% of test takers score a 750 or higher.

In 2000, 542,575 people took the test. This leaves approximately 5426 tests at 750 or higher.

On average, the top 10 business schools enroll about 1000 students per year, about 10% of whom have scored in the top percentile.

So, only about 20% of the 5400 750+ scorers go to a top ten school.

A few of them go to second and third tier US schools.
A few of them are Asians, who enroll in IIM or somesuch.
A few of them are people trying to push their 750s up to 770s.
A few of them are GMAT coaches who take the test monthly.

Would anyone care to either:
guess what the breakdown of the other 4300 students is,
or come up with some alternatives that I haven't?
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Re: The real distribution of GMAT scores [#permalink]

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07 Dec 2003, 22:54
stoolfi wrote:
According to the OG, about 1% of test takers score a 750 or higher.

In 2000, 542,575 people took the test. This leaves approximately 5426 tests at 750 or higher.

On average, the top 10 business schools enroll about 1000 students per year, about 10% of whom have scored in the top percentile.

So, only about 20% of the 5400 750+ scorers go to a top ten school.

A few of them go to second and third tier US schools.
A few of them are Asians, who enroll in IIM or somesuch.
A few of them are people trying to push their 750s up to 770s.
A few of them are GMAT coaches who take the test monthly.

Would anyone care to either:
guess what the breakdown of the other 4300 students is,
or come up with some alternatives that I haven't?

and your point of this exercise is...

Go there and do your best
Director
Joined: 28 Oct 2003
Posts: 501
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08 Dec 2003, 12:58
Praetorian,

My point is to figure out how likely the best schools are to ding a very strong GMAT. I'm beginning to write applications now, and I want to allot my time effectively.

Other than that, I'm a bit curious.
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Joined: 07 Jul 2003
Posts: 770
Location: New York NY 10024
Schools: Haas, MFE; Anderson, MBA; USC, MSEE

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11 Dec 2003, 01:30
You better learn to read more carefully. That number is the number of examinations conducted over THREE years

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AkamaiBrah
Former Senior Instructor, Manhattan GMAT and VeritasPrep
Vice President, Midtown NYC Investment Bank, Structured Finance IT
MFE, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, Class of 2005
MBA, Anderson School of Management, UCLA, Class of 1993

11 Dec 2003, 01:30
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