Why Use GRE® Scores?
GRE® scores can be considered useful, positive indicators of an applicant’s preparedness for graduate study. They also reduce the role that implicit bias plays in the review and selection process to empower your institution to meet its programs’ goals.
Fairly Evaluate Applicants with GRE® Scores
The GRE® tests are carefully developed so that they are valid, reliable and fair, and ETS makes significant investments in research to maintain those attributes. Without the GRE tests, admissions committees could only consider measures that are subjective or not directly comparable — ones which do not undergo a rigorous fairness review process or yield comparative data. Using GRE scores, your institution can help to ensure fairness during application review.
"Admissions processes that use standardized assessments, coupled with more subjective measures like essays, internships and interviews, are inherently fairer and more respectful to applicants, while also helping institutions achieve their diversity goals."
Associate Provost for Graduate Studies and Research and Professor of Psychology and Africana Studies at Tulane University, and Chair of the GRE Board Services Committee
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"GRE Analytical Writing scores are the best or second best predictor of graduate GPA, and programs can access applicants’ actual essay responses through ETS Data Manager. These responses are more authentic than personal statements, which are often coached and refined before submitting as part of the application."
Professor of Biology and Former Dean of the Graduate School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Graduate Education Advisor with ETS
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"A complete assessment of each applicant is important to identifying the best graduate students for your program. Using GRE scores is essential in having a full understanding of the potential of each applicant."
Professor of Textile Sciences and Former Dean of the Graduate School, North Carolina State University, and Graduate Education Advisor with ETS
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The Essential Role of GRE® Scores
Discover the unique role that GRE® scores serve in helping decision makers fairly compare applicants from different groups. It’s this distinctive role that makes the GRE® General Test a key facet of holistic admissions.
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GRE® Test Validity: Putting It in Perspective
Two researchers show that GRE® General Test scores are more highly correlated with graduate-level academic readiness and performance than many commonly accepted correlations curated from psychology, medicine and everyday life. Also, they show that the correlation between scores and grades can tell us which students might benefit from additional support to help them stick with and be successful in a program.
Getting the Greatest
Value Out of Test Scores
Lately, many graduate schools have been having discussions about “test-optional” policies in an effort to increase the diversity of their applicant and registered student pools — but evidence shows that programs that have done so do not see improved diversity. This article discusses how incorporating test scores into a holistic admissions process can help ensure a diverse, talented pool of applicants and enrolled students.