yes, they are really different, but both students are pretty "admissable" as far as test scores alone go. I always thought it was odd that U-M didn't differentiate between test score much (I mean, there are such wide ranges, all getting the same points) when students themselves seem to find the differences so meaningful. I thought from a PR
standpoint, a student who gets a 1210 would accept that he didn't get admitted when an otherwise-identical peer with a 1300 got in. Students, parents, admissions counselors would all accept that, and no find it arbitrary or gripe about it (much). So why not work with those differences and differentiate between students more using this measure? But who asked me? LOL
I certainly does demonstrate how important U-M finds academic factors. GPA counted for a LOT, as did curriculum and school factors. And they still do, even though the readers don't use any sort of point system anymore.