We shared many thoughts yesterday about the massive problems with the propaganda coming out of the GMAT side of this industry.
There’s one more thing we have to call out.
OMG GMAC Researchers, what are you thinking????
Here’s one of the questions that they asked in this survey of test-takers from January to April 2021:
“A graduate business school’s use of admissions exams demonstrates they place emphasis on the quality of their students.”
So you’re saying, GMAC Researchers, that DOING WELL ON THE TEST MEANS THAT THE STUDENT IS OF HIGHER QUALITY?
That is literally what this is implying.
And you’re asking someone who is taking this test if they think it’s fair that their “quality” is being evaluated in this way.
This is so messed up.
If we extrapolate this line of thinking out, then it’s also saying that if the graduate business school that I apply to does not accept me, it’s because I am not an applicant of high enough quality.
Because my test says so. Or whatever other definition of “quality” that we’re perverting into this idea.
Everything about this is so blame-the-victim. It’s really awful.
Sure, someone might pipe up and try to say, “But EssaySnark, that’s not what they mean, they really mean….”
This wording is so accusatory. It’s very twisted, in a psychologically unsafe way. Apparently nobody even noticed it when the GMAC Researcher people were designing this survey.
One of the standards in ethics in running experiments on people is that you don’t harm the participants of your experiment.
The GMAC Researchers apparently threw all of that out the window when they were creating their little marketing tool to advance their preferred narrative about how awesome standardized tests are.
Standardized tests are not “fair.” They simply are not, for all sorts of reasons of access and privilege and resources and varying opportunities and life circumstances and so many things.
This is pure propaganda to justify continued inequities in the meritocracy. It simply sucks.
OK whatever. We’re tilting at windmills here. We’ll go back to being the pawns in the meritocracy that we also are, by trying to demystify this process and hopefully somehow along the way empower candidates to actually make it into some of these institutions that hold so much promise to those few who can get in.
The value proposition of an MBA is there, based on how our culture and the world values things. But yeah, it’s messed up, and there are actual people who are harmed based on this system as it works now.
If you are BIPOC and trying for a top MBA, we do want to help. Please read about our pro bono program and hit us up if you are interested.
For the rest of you, we’re going to do what we can to keep our prices as low as possible this season. If we could give it all away completely, honestly we would. Within this capitalist system, that seems not doable, unfortunately. We’ll have to try and work within it to help as many of you as we can.
Don’t worry, you won’t be subjected to rants like this every day.
But really. Self-serving corporate interests be damned. Especially those hiding behind the “non profit mission” crap.