GMAT: difference between 700 and 760 points

I was recently asked to write an article on how to get into the 99th percentile. I doubted it, but then I did agree. I hesitated for fear that many people would read it and think, “Great! I’m going to do this and that and I’m going to get to the 99th percentile!” So to make this conversation possible at all, let’s assume that the passer has already scored at least 700 points.

In other words, this information will be useful to those who consistently pass the GMAT at 700+! You can’t write an article that will help everyone, no matter what level they are, score 760 points. I can only take a closer look at what the difference is between those who receive 700 and those who claim 760. If you really want your score to be 760, you should first reach the level of 700 points.

I will say a few words about the points themselves, 700 or 760. The results of the mathematical and verbal parts are summed up, and we get a three-digit number. However, intermediate scores can be very different. Therefore, for the purposes of this article, we will assume that they are approximately the same. After all, a student can be in the 70th percentile in the mathematical part and in the 95th in the verbal part and still score 700 points – this means that he did not master everything that is needed to score 700 points, but improved much that is required to get the result of 760.


Obviously, the person who scored 760 points has mastered all the basic material and most of the in-depth information that is needed on the exam, and is also familiar with all the subtypes of questions. In addition, he owns several ways to solve tasks of each type. A student who scores 700 points has mastered all the basic and many deep aspects, can apply at least two approaches to solving tasks of each type and is able to monitor time both within the framework of the question and the entire section (although he may still have small problems with time within the framework of the question).

What are the differences between the two groups?

 Someone who consistently scores 700 points on the GMAT:

 learns (see below) more than 40% of the questions in the official test;

  • effectively makes weighted assumptions in 5 types of questions, as well as in the main subtypes;
  • minimizes the number of errors due to carelessness (perhaps allows 3-4 per section);
  • withstands 3.5 hours of constant work at a high level.

Recognizing tasks

The skill of recognition is the main major difference between those who get a high score and those whose score is lower. “Recognition” means that when you see a question, you quickly (in 20-30 seconds) find similarities to a task you’ve faced in the past.

As a result, you understand how to solve this task because you can use the same (or very similar) method. You will also keep in mind possible errors and traps characteristic of such questions. The skill of recognition provides two advantages: saving time and increasing the chances that you will get the right answer. Conversely, if you don’t recognize the assignment, you’ll have to look for a solution from scratch, which will cost you more time and you won’t have an advantage in the accuracy of the solution.

 Someone who consistently scores 760 points has all the qualities that are needed to get 700, plus

 learns tasks in 20 seconds in more than 80% of the questions of the official test (in other words, very quickly and accurately finds the best approach to the solution);

  • determines (of course, quickly and accurately) when it is worth refusing to solve the task (yes, even those who receive 760+ face this dilemma from time to time);
  • effectively makes weighted assumptions taking into account the subtype of tasks;
  • minimizes the number of errors due to carelessness (perhaps allows 1 per section);
  • withstands 3.5 hours of constant work at the peak of its capabilities.


 There are a couple of jokers here. First, intuition plays a role in GMAT metrics, and the better we know the material, the more vividly they manifest themselves (in general, intuition is a more beautiful name for luck). A few additional questions in a field you know or an area you’re not too good at is a 20-30 point difference, especially at a high level.

Secondly, much depends on the ability to remember and reproduce information. For those who memorize large amounts of data, it is easier to pass the test for a high score. Much depends on the ability to see similarities. Again, it is easier for those who easily find familiar traits in new information to achieve a high score on the exam.


 If you’re going to get 700+ on the GMAT exam, you’ll have to develop recognition skills for at least a few assignments you’ll encounter on the official test (i.e., assignments you, by definition, couldn’t see before). This skill should be developed because the main major difference between those who take the test at 700 points and those who go to a stable 760 is the ability to learn a larger percentage of tasks. Please note that in order to get a confident 700 points, you need to learn a lot of tasks. In part, that’s why I stressed at the very beginning of the article that you can’t start preparing with it. In general, the difference between 700 and 760 points is in the level of skill with the same and skill set.

Analyze the questions. It may take me 10-15 minutes for one task after I solve it. When you find the answer, ask yourself each time, “When do I see a task of the same type in the future, how do I know it’s similar, so I’ll use the same method in solving it?”

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