## Kaplan Percentile Meaning

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### Kaplan Percentile Meaning

by amnesiac » Mon Feb 18, 2013 3:27 pm
hi all - frequent lurker, first time poster.

i have taken a few of the Kaplan GMAT CAT tests.

their tests give me a score, and percentile ranks. what do they mean? for example, i see a lot of posts on this website stating they scored the following on the actual GMAT: 720 (Q49,V40).

how can i calculate that from my Kaplan score?

your help is greatly appreciated. thank you!

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by David@VeritasPrep » Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:28 pm
Does that score give you percentiles? Is it a scaled score like Q49 V40 that you mentioned.
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by Ian Stewart » Thu Feb 21, 2013 2:02 pm
Testluv wrote: Keep in mind that the 1-60 sectional scaled scores are derived from the percentile score in the first place--so in a way they are redundant.
This is not true. As GMAC's head of research Lawrence Rudner says:

"The GMAC scale scores represent the same ability level over time. Thus, a Quant score of 43 in 2002 represents the exact same level of ability as a Quant score of 43 does in 2011. "

You can read the entire article here: https://www.gmac.com/why-gmac/gmac-news/ ... cores.aspx

The scaled scores are absolutes, and are equated over time. Percentiles are relative measurements, and are based on the calibre of the test taking population at the time a test taker takes the GMAT. Percentiles come from scaled scores, not the reverse.
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by amnesiac » Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:14 pm
Thank you for responding. I used the OG 13 suggested by David@VeritasPrep to get a general sense of my score.

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by jdmecheng » Sun Mar 03, 2013 6:36 am
Hi,

A related but different question - I also was confused by the lack of scaled score on the Kaplan but also confused but my score of 660 - having only got just over 50% of questions correct.

I know that the percentage of correct questions should not be taken too literally because of the scoring algorithm but surely 50% of questions wrong should be lower than 660??

I have only been studying a few weeks, so this score seems unrealistic based on my GMATPREP 1 score of 600 two weeks ago. Many other posts on this forum suggest that kaplan is much harder than the real GMAT which seems to conflicts with my ability...

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by vomhorizon » Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:19 am
jdmecheng wrote:Hi,

A related but different question - I also was confused by the lack of scaled score on the Kaplan but also confused but my score of 660 - having only got just over 50% of questions correct.

I know that the percentage of correct questions should not be taken too literally because of the scoring algorithm but surely 50% of questions wrong should be lower than 660??

I have only been studying a few weeks, so this score seems unrealistic based on my GMATPREP 1 score of 600 two weeks ago. Many other posts on this forum suggest that kaplan is much harder than the real GMAT which seems to conflicts with my ability...

In my experience (Taken all MGMAT CAT's, 3 Kaplan CAT's , All Veritas Prep CAT's, All GMAT PREP CAT's, plus the GMAT) Kaplan is a bit easier on quant (as it turned out, a lot easier in my case) and tougher with RC and CR. I was getting consistently 64-70 percentile in Verbal on kaplan (three tests in a row) and ended up with a 92 percentile GMAT score in verbal (Consistent with GMAT PREP, MGMAT, Veritas Prep). If you are very very good in verbal (95+ percentile GMAT PREP) and end up scoring fairly decent on the kaplan, your score should be within 20-30 points of the real thing. However if you are in the 36-40 range in verbal, your score may (from my experience) go down significantly thereby effecting your overall score.

Overall i felt GMAT PREP was a better benchmark , compared to Kaplan however in my case it over estmated my score by 20-30 points ( But i guess you should expect +20 point swing with mocks). My best score on Kaplan was 650, a full 30 points lower then the real thing, however the mix was totally different (Quant went from 48 to 44, Verbal went from 32 to 41) .
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by Tommy Wallach » Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:21 pm
Hey There,

Surprisingly, 50-60% is the normal range of correct answers for all scores between about 500-650, so that's not too weird.

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by David@VeritasPrep » Sun Mar 03, 2013 4:22 pm
Tommy is right...

If you get more than 50% of the questions right there is a good chance (depending on the level of questions that you miss of course) that you will be over the median score.

People tend to focus on the questions that they might miss (I call this fear-based) they should be focused on getting questions right (a more positive approach).
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