ERIC Number: ED543160
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Reference Count: N/A
Demystifying the GMAT: Guarding against Bias
Rudner, Lawrence M.
Graduate Management Admission Council
The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is administered in English and is designed for programs that teach in English. But the required English skill level is much less than what students will need in the classroom. The exam requires just enough English to allow us to adequately and comprehensively assess Verbal reasoning, Quantitative reasoning and Integrated Reasoning skills. Although the GMAT exam is not a grammar test, it is worth noting that grammar tests do not necessarily favor native speakers, because non-native speakers often learn grammar better than native speakers who go by the "sounds right" rule. By using carefully defined and thorough item development and review processes, along with statistical analyses to flag questions with possible cultural bias, the developers have developed a test that minimizes the impact of culture and language. The GMAT exam is the best objective measure of the likelihood of success in management programs across the globe.
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Graduate Study, Business Administration Education, Test Bias, English, Native Speakers, Culture Fair Tests, Test Items
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Graduate Management Admission Test