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The truth about African American GMAT scores

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Let me start by saying why I'm writing this. As an African American, I was shocked to learn the massive achievement gap between AA's and other test takers when I began my GMAT process. After reading through the GMAC data reports, I searched this forum and others assuming this knowledge was known, but found almost nothing except one post on one profile review. So although you may know this, I insure, most do not. As disheartening as the GMAT achievement gap was from a societal standpoint, it was equally motivating for me to know that I can put myself at an unbelievable advantage by doing well on my GMAT. With that in mind, I hope that other African Americans can use this post as a motivator themselves, and we can increase our representation in top tier business schools.

Now onto the achievement gap itself. All of this info is based on official GMAC released data reports. The latest year can be found here: http://www.gmac.com/~/media/Files/gmac/Research/diversity-enrollment/ty-2015-diversity-brief-african-americans.pdf. Know that although that is just the 2015 test taking year, I've looked at other years and statistically, the variance is nominal.

What's the punchline? In any given year, there are 120-140 African American's that score above a 700 on the GMAT. That's total. For the entire GMAT year. Per that report, 5843 African Americans took the GMAT in 2015 and 2.3% scored above a 700, or 134 people. Assuming that every one of those test takers is unique, thats about 600-700 African Americans that have gotten above a 700 in that last five years combined. Why this matters from an application perspective should be obvious. Although it's not publicized, top b schools are fighting tooth and nail for these candidates to diversify their class. Considering a typical bell curve for 700+ scores, you are talking about maybe 60 total AA applicants in a given application cycle who have a 720+ score which is so often considered the threshold for M7 and top schools. In other words, MBA programs finding an African American applicant who will not lower their overall GMAT average is a treasure.

Now this being said, application execution and interviews still weigh heavily. There is no such thing as a shoe-in in my opinion especially when you start getting into M7 and even more so HSW. But understanding this data was pivotal for me. My hope is that other AAs will see this and realize what doors open to them by crushing the GMAT. Even if you have no reaction to this, that's totally OK. But I wanted to post so that it pops up on google when some searches "african american gmat scores."

Also, I know this isn't the exact forum for this but this was such a huge part of my GMAT experience I decided to post it here.

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