The GRE Program A brief overview and a preview of changes to come David G. Payne, PhD Executive Director, GRE Program Higher Education Division Topics for today GRE Board and GRE Program GRE Testing Program General Test Subject Tests Services Changes in the GRE General Test
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The GRE Program
A brief overview and a
preview of changes to come
David G. Payne, PhDExecutive Director, GRE Program Higher Education Division
Biochemistry, Cell & Molecular Biology
Literature in English
BUILDING AN ADAPTIVE TEST
Expressed desire by graduate schools for information regarding applicants
Critical Thinking Skills
High correlation of Analytical Reasoning with V and Q measures (Most of the variance in AR is shared with V and Q.)
A Sample Issue Task
Directions: Present your perspective on the issue below, using relevant reasons and/or examples to support your views.
It is more important to allocate money for immediate, existing social problems than to spend it on long-term research that might help future generations.
A Sample Argument Task
Discuss how well reasoned you find this argument.The University of Claria is generally considered one of the best universities in the world because of its instructors' reputation, which is based primarily on the extensive research and publishing record of certain faculty members. Several faculty members are internationally renowned as leaders in their fields. Many of the faculty from the English department are regularly invited to teach at universities in other countries. Two recent graduates of the physics department have gone on to become candidates for the Nobel Prize in Physics. And 75 percent of the students are able to find employment after graduating. Therefore, because of the reputation of its faculty, the University of Claria should be the obvious choice for anyone seeking quality education.
6 – Insightful analyses of complex ideas, logically compelling reasons, well organized, skillful sentence variety, few or no usage errors
5 – Generally thoughtful analysis of ideas, logically sound reasons, generally well organized, sentence variety conveys meaning, minor usage errors
4 – Competent analysis of ideas, relevant reasons, adequately organized, satisfactory control of sentence structure, some usage errors
3 – Some competence though flawed in one or more of the following: limited analysis or development, weak organization or control of sentence structure, usage errors that result in vagueness
2 – Serious weakness in at least one of the following: lack of analysis, development, or organization, serious problems in sentence structure, usage errors obscure meaning
1 – Fundamental deficiencies: content that is confusing or irrelevant, little or no development, pervasive errors that result in incoherence
Analytical Writing Scores
Score reports also contain percentile ranks for each score.The percentile rank shows the relative standing of the score compared to a reference group. For GRE, the reference group is always data from the most recent three-year period.
Scores and Percentiles from Different Testing Years
Since the norm group changes every year, a single score (e.g., 560) may have a slightly different percentile rank in 2003 (PR 76) than in 2004 (PR 75). The reason is that the reference group for 2003 scores is based on examinees from 1998-2001 and the reference group for 2004 scores is based on examinees from 1999-2002.
New, more focused prompts
Prompts will reduce possibility of reliance on memorized materials
Prompts may be used only once (still TBD)
Both Argument and Issue tasks will be 30 minutes
GRE Program and Board will examine feasibility of Essay Distribution to Designated Institutions
Predictors of GGPA
Lit. in English
Predictive Validity of Subject Tests
“A Comprehensive Meta-Analysis of the Predictive Validity of the Graduate Record Examinations: Implications for Graduate Student Selection and Performance”
Nathan R. Kuncel
Sarah A. Hazlett
Deniz S. Ones
Psychological Bulletin 2001, Vol. 127, No. 1, 162-181
“The results indicated that the GRE and UGPA are generalizably valid predictors of graduate grade point average, 1st-year graduate grade point average, comprehensive examination scores, publication citation counts, and faculty ratings.”
“Subject Tests tended to be better predictors than the Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical tests.”