Was He Really the First Person to Score 800 in GMAT?

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Robert McNamara, former Secretary of Defense, United States, is widely believed to be the first person to score the perfect 800 in GMAT. If you Google ‘Robert McNamara GMAT 800’, you’ll find several articles and forums supporting this.

Is this true, though?

Or, is this just a folklore being passed on year after year.

The facts

From the timeline below, it seems his 800 isn’t a fact because GMAT didn’t exist then:

GMAT 800 Robert McNamara

Source: Wikipedia (1937) and GMAC (1954)

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