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UKGMAT validity explained

UKGMAT reliability explained

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UKGMAT Validity


The UKGMAT's validity was - of course - also extremely important to the test designers, because this demonstrates its utility in terms of its construction and its predictive capability. The UKGMAT began with a series of structured interviews to determine what abilities have practical importance to managers, graduates, senior managers and directors, within the UK workplace in the middle-to-late years of the first decade of the 21st century. This effectively defined the form of the tests within the questionnaire, and further interviews took place to determine the format of the question


UKGMAT Verbal Reasoning Test results scales correlate with the Verbal Reasoning Test of the ASE First Graduate Assessment, with R = 0.78. They correlate with their equivalents in NFER-NELSON's Graduate & Management Assessment, with R = 0.83. They correlate with results from Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal, with R = 0.71, and they correlate with SHL®'s MGIB Verbal Critical Reasoning Test with R = 0.86.

UKGMAT Numerical Reasoning Test result scales correlate with the Numerical Reasoning Test of the ASE First Graduate Assessment with R = 0.80. They correlate with the Numerical Test of NFER-NELSON's Graduate & Management Assessment, with R = 0.88, and they correlate with SHL®'s MGIB Numerical Critical Reasoning Test with R = 0.87

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Predictive Validity

There are also many programmes studying the predictive qualities of the UKGMAT underway. Some have already reported, and one highlight (from organisations in the education, healthcare and financial sectors) is quoted below:

A meta-analysis of recruitment over 8 organisations in the UK, (N=187), correlating numerical critical reasoning scores against competency-based appraisal of numeracy (and similarly defined constructs). The two sets of data correlated to R = 0.66, showing that the UKGMAT had predicted their performance in this important competency.

UKGMAT Numerical Reasoning Test result scales correlate with the Numerical Reasoning Test of the ASE FGA with R = 0.80. They correlate with the NFER-NELSON GMA, with R = 0.88, and they correlate with SHL®'s MGIB Numerical Test with R = 0.87.

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