1. Does Standardized Testing Predict the Quality of MBA Students? BY Quentin Logan & James Juice MBA 512: Business Research and Designs Methods
2. Background Information There is much debate in the education realm as to whether standardized tests can predict the quality or success of a student We found an article that looked at Graduate Tests (GMAT) and it found that the GMAT is a good predictor of the quality of students GMAT and GREs are the official standardized tests that are accepted by MBA programs in the state of Pennsylvania. 3. Background Information Over 4,000 schools nationwide use these test for admissions GMAT- Graduate Management Admission Test GRE- Graduate Records Examination GMATs are more widely accepted for admissions into Business School. GRE are more widely accepted for admission into Graduate programs and often have subject tests associated with them (i.e. Psychology) GRE = $140 GMAT = $250 4. Background Information Scoring well on standardized test can boost a below average GPA when applying for admission into an MBA program There are concerns of the validity of these standardized tests Most schools say that standardized test along with undergraduate GPAs are good predictors of the quality of future students 5. Important factors to consider in our research Gender GRE and/or GMAT required Average Undergraduate GPA Average Graduate GPA Full to Part-time ratios Average Test Scores required for admission Quality of Students 6.
7. Does taking standardized tests improve or predict the quality of current and graduate MBA students? 8. Research Hypothesis 9. Competition between GRE and GMAT continues to thrive in the Graduate Business schools. We believe that although there is much debate about the validity of these Standardized tests, those who take them and are enrolled in institutions that require them, are better quality students and the overall learning experience is superiorResearch Question 10. Major Questions What are facultys perception of the GRE and GMAT? Does requiring a test score impact the quality of students? Should Wilkes University require the GRE or GMAT for admission into the MBA program? 11. Our Survey 12. Target Audience Our target audience was faculty of MBA programs in Pennsylvania. We chose Faculty because be believe that they have the best insight into quality of students Graduate Students might be bias We sent out e-mails to 42 universities in PA which have MBA programs Our original goal was to find one or two e-mail addresses from these schools and ask those recipients to forward it Revised Goal = 10 names from each institution (420 faculty) 13. Survey We hoped to get at least 50 respondents to our short, quick and easy survey Survey administered via email with a link attached Our survey was hosted on Google Documents Original goal was 420. We sent out close to 1,200 emails with our survey link included Response rate was very low (28) Approx. 2.3% response rate 14. Sources of Error Our link via email Spam Filters Faculty members unclear about directions 15. Survey Questions
16. What is your gender? 17. Is the GRE or GMAT required at your institution? 18. What is the average GPA of a incoming student? 19. Have you always required the GMAT or GRE 20. Scale 21. Standardized tests are a good indicator of student quality? 22. Standardized tests are a good indicator of student success? 23. Potential income is directly related to performance on standardized tests?