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Scoring on the verbal section

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Scoring on the verbal section

Post Sun Aug 05, 2012 8:55 am
Hello ,

Let me start of by saying that I do understand that the GMAT is a CAT and that the NUMBER of mistakes don't always have a strong correlation to your score .

However , for the verbal section I'm curious to know roughly how many mistakes can you make and still get a score of 40+ on this section ? I know it's impossible to pinpoint , but can you give me a rough estimate ? For instance is it possible to make 10 mistakes and still somehow get 40+ ?

Thanks
George

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Hello, George. It is not possible to give an estimate of the number of questions you can get wrong and still receive a 40 or higher, because there are too many factors that contribute to your score. I can share with you some general data about test-takers who received a 700 or higher on the GMAT exam in 2011:

For the 25,800 calendar year 2011 test takers scoring 700 and above, the mean (and standard deviation) of the number of correct answers were 31.6 (3.6) and 29.9 (4.0) for Verbal and Quant, respectively. The minimums were 19 and 17 respectively.

As always, the best way to get a 40+ on the verbal section is to prepare thoroughly, and familiarize yourself with the test format and timing.

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