So every year some two hundred fifty thousand people take the GMAT exam and are subject to GMAT scoring. It’s the only way to get a standardized way of evaluating MBA applicants from all over the world. Some people come from very competitive undergraduate institutions and their grades might be lower. Some people might come from very easy schools and their grades might be higher. And then there’s all kinds of complexity when you subdivide majors within the school. That’s why the GMAC guys found a niche for themselves.
They figured they would administer this one exam that everybody would take and it would be the single way to evaluate all people around the world. Of course no perfect metric exists, but that’s not going to prevent the GMAC guys from trying anyway, especially when hundreds of millions of dollars are on the line for this.
So that’s exactly what they do. But then the question of which language do you use? After all, the entire global system consists of people who speak all kinds of languages. Well, most business schools have some kind of mention of the English language so that’s essentially what happens.
So now all the entire world is forced to learn English for this exam. So the entire curve is messed up because now all the non-native English speakers get a disadvantage for the verbal portion of the GMAT exam. So in order to compensate, they try to do extremely well in quant. And that’s exactly what they do best. So now a lot of the GMAT guys outside of the US have very high quant scores, but their verbal scores are not as high.
So what happens is they have highly imbalanced GMAT scores and admissions committeees do not like that because it shows a non-well-rounded applicant for MBA admissions purposes.