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Unravel the Mysteries of the GMAT Exam

The Demystifying the GMAT series of articles is brought to you by the research and development department of GMAC and written by Lawrence M. Rudner, vice president of research and development and chief physchometrician at GMAC.

You’ve probably noticed past articles on Demystifying the GMAT exam—but did you know that these articles (14 so far) are available in a central location? This collection of articles offers a peek under the hood of the GMAT exam, the only standardized entrance exam designed exclusively for graduate business programs.

“It is in everybody’s interest to be sure that every test taker’s score reflects their true ability so admissions offices have the best objective information possible to inform their decisions,” asserted Lawrence Rudner. “GMAC prides itself on fairness and being transparent with test takers and schools. Frankness in these conversations ensures candidates feel comfortable with the process of pursuing business school from the outset,” he added. 

The series offers reliable information about the content of the GMAT exam, including Integrated Reasoning, and answers your questions about score reports, allotted test time and computer-adaptive testing.

As students start to prepare for the GMAT exam and learn about opportunities reaped from business school, take advantage of this one-stop source of information to help ease the test-taker/candidate experience. Here's an overview of some of the topics covered in the series:

  • Computer adaptive testing has major advantages. Using the computer’s processing power to analyze each examinee’s responses during the test session means that a final score estimate is being calculated after each question and applied to select subsequent questions for the GMAT test taker. The logic of adaptive testing means that every individual receives an equal mix of test content and best “next question” options. The advantages of the GMAT being designed in a computer adaptive format means it is a more valid, reliable, secure, and shorter test.

  • Fairness assured for each test taker. With management education now a global field, and with 59 percent of the GMAT exams taken by non-US citizens, GMAC makes special efforts to assure that every GMAT exam is fair and appropriate for every single test taker. Understand what data we have that demonstrates lack of bias and equitable treatment, outcomes, and opportunities for test takers. Only by investing in the resources to assure that their test is valid, reliable, and fair for every test taker, can a test publisher deliver a product that is fair to each individual.

  • Cheating and hazards. Only a tiny fraction of test takers take the bait, and they foolishly—and permanently—jeopardize their reputations and careers. Accessing live test questions in advance, or having someone take the test for you, is cheating. Aside from considering the obvious moral reasons not to cheat, all test takers should understand the risks and slight, if non-existent, rewards.

 

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