Predicting Success in Graduate Management Doctoral Programs

July 12, 2007

This study evaluated the predictive validity of the Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®) exam for doctoral students enrolled in 18 different graduate business-oriented programs.


Growing media attention surrounds the use, reliability, and validity of test scores for admission into higher education. With recent concerns over scoring errors and misuse of test scores, admission testing is subjected to an ever-increasing level of public scrutiny. It is not surprising then that admission testing programs are under pressure to provide evidence that they are fulfilling their missions by using instruments that enable valid and reliable inferences about future student performance.