ERIC Number: ED539823
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Demystifying the GMAT: What We Know about IR 6 Months after Launch
Rudner, Lawrence M.
Graduate Management Admission Council
Business schools seek students who can evaluate, synthesize and extract the important information and sort out the noise from very large volumes of data. With the launch of the Integrated Reasoning section in June, the GMAT exam started measuring these skills, which are essential for learning in today's programs, are expected of those who intend to work in business, and are of critical importance to the businesses they may create or join in the future. In the first six months of Integrated Reasoning, more than 105,000 exams have been administered. While it will take more time to establish predictive validity for individual programs--that is, to state precisely to what extent the section adds to the already high ability of the GMAT exam to predict test takers' potential for success in the classroom--some preliminary analysis has been conducted to see whether the test is showing any bias toward or against any subgroups of test takers, and how test takers who score similarly on the Quantitative and Verbal sections perform on the new section. This paper presents an overview of what GMAT IR scores mean to schools 6 months after launch.
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Predictive Validity, Test Reliability, Test Validity, Business Education, Predictive Measurement, Information Skills, Skill Analysis
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)