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Does the GMAT Difficulty vs Geography

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Perhaps you guys can help settle an argument: Does GMAT CAT alter difficulty based on the reigon/country/area where the test is taken?

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Perhaps you guys can help settle an argument: Does GMAT CAT alter difficulty based on the reigon/country/area where the test is taken?



I would argue that no, but I have no evidence except some common sense and perhaps logic :). I think it would create too much hassle to keep the difficulty level different.

In addition, with the speed that gossip spreads nowadays, it would be a great threat for GMAC and a reason for a lawsuit by the disadvantaged test-takers. GMAC is a non-profit umbrella that was formed by 28 or so universities to oversee the examinations. Even if they wanted people from Fiji to be better off, for example; it would smarter to just give them privileges on the local (University) level rather than a general GMAT level.

In any way, I have no evidence and would be very interested to hear if anybody can give at least an example; I am not askng for a proof :)

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Since the GMAT is a "standardized test" used to objectively compare students there is no reason for GMAC or ETS to differentiate or handicap the examination based on geography. Think about it -- if it were true don't you think it would be cost effective to fly to, say Tonga, to take the test and get a nice vacation rather than spend $3000 on a prep course and private tutoring? Moreover, the GMAT would lose all credibility as an objective metric should the test be handicapped in any way base on geography.
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AkamaiBrah wrote:
Since the GMAT is a "standardized test" used to objectively compare students there is no reason for GMAC or ETS to differentiate or handicap the examination based on geography. Think about it -- if it were true don't you think it would be cost effective to fly to, say Tonga, to take the test and get a nice vacation rather than spend $3000 on a prep course and private tutoring? Moreover, the GMAT would lose all credibility as an objective metric should the test be handicapped in any way base on geography.



It would be nice to go to Maldives or Bali :) relax on the beach, take the GMAT and score a 700+

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