Admission statistics -- GMAT scores by ethnicity (Imperial College London)

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Dear Imperial College London,

Please could you provide the following statistic for MBA programme (at the Imperial College Business School) for the previous 4 years of admissions: The number, mean, and standard deviation of GMAT for applicants by ethnicity? This is for an academic paper on adverse impact. For reference, please see the results sent by London Business School:
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Yours faithfully,

John Fuerst

IMPFOI, Imperial College London

Dear Mr Fuerst,

This is to acknowledge receipt of your request below, made under the Freedom of Information Act. The College will respond to your request by 18th January 2021.

Kind regards,

Freedom of Information Team
Imperial College London

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IMPFOI, Imperial College London

Dear Mr Fuerst

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request. Please find below the College's response to your questions.

"...for MBA programme (at the Imperial College Business School) for the previous 4 years of admissions: The number, mean, and standard deviation of GMAT for applicants by ethnicity?"

The College does not request an admissions test score for most of its MBA programmes, and of those that do request an admissions test score, an applicant can choose to offer GRE or GMAT. As such, for the College to provide GMAT figures would exclude all of the other applicants and therefore provide only a partial and potentially skewed picture of the MBA applicant and intake pool.

In addition, it would be necessary to manually assess all the hundreds of MBA applications across the past four years to see whether a GMAT score had been offered by the applicant, and then to follow these applications through to see if they were successful in obtaining a place. This would take well in excess of 18 hours of work and is therefore exempt from disclosure under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act.

Please further note that ethnicity information is not available to the MBA admissions teams.

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Kind regards,

Freedom of Information Team
Imperial College London

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