ERIC Number: ED543166
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Reference Count: N/A
Demystifying the GMAT: Who Owns Validity?
Rudner, Lawrence M.
Graduate Management Admission Council
In order to remain relevant and useful, testing programs must periodically update their tests to match shifts in student populations and school curricula. One might think that because the publishers are offering a product, the responsibility for updates rests entirely on them. Publishers conduct studies to assure new content is appropriate. But the truth is, motivated test takers are needed to properly evaluate individual questions and the validity of an updated instrument. Motivated users of the exams results--mostly admissions personnel--are also key players in the validity drama. Recent discussion among schools and blogs and test prep organizations suggesting that a "serious" use of a new section in admissions is easily postponed, does a disservice to test takers, test publishers, and to schools themselves because the longer it takes to get good data, the longer it will take to confirm the test's validity and to solidify its use as a reliable admissions tool.
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Graduate Study, Business Administration Education, Test Validity, Scores, Testing Programs
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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