The GMAT has been part of the MBA admissions process since the 1950s. Does it play a valuable role in determining an applicant’s potential to finish an MBA program? Does it serve the needs of MBA programs to bolster their rankings? Regardless of the rationale for the GMAT (and the GRE is a substitute for the GMAT at may schools), admissions testing in general and the GMAT in particular is here to stay. That means that GMAT preparation in some form or another is essential.
A GMAT score (and preferably a high score) is a necessary, but not a sufficient condition for admissions to an MBA program. Different schools use GMAT scores in different ways. There is little agreement on what a GMAT score is evidence of. Furthermore, not everybody agrees that the GMAT is a measure of things that matter to the MBA program. Continue reading