An investigation of the effects of selected variables on the Graduate Management Admission Test scores of African-American examinees

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Sandra Anita Howard (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site:
Keith Wright

Abstract: The purposes of this study were to develop a profile of African-American Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) examinees and to identify major predictors of GMAT performance for these students. Multiple regression and t-test analyses were used in this study; GMAT records of 1,500 randomly-selected African-American examinees provided the data. Dependent variables were GMAT verbal (GMATV), GMAT quantitative (GMATQ), and GMAT total (GMATT) scores. Independent variables were age, sex, undergraduate grade point average (GPA), undergraduate major, exam preparation method, and racial composition of the students' undergraduate institutions. Mean undergraduate GPA was 2.64 (standard deviation = .41); mean age was 28.02 (standard deviation = 5.96). The largest percentage of examinees in each profiled category was as follows: 78% graduated from predominantly white institutions (PWI's), 22% from historically black colleges and universities (HBCU's); 50% had been business majors; 87% were planning to earn MBA's; 27% had worked more than seven years; and 56% were female. Students with higher GPA's had higher GMAT scores. Males had higher GMATQ and GMATT. Social and physical science majors had higher GMATQ and GMATT scores, humanities majors had higher GMATV scores, and business majors had lower GMATV scores than other majors.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 1993
Graduate Management Admission Test
African American college graduates

Email this document to