MARCH 2010

The GRE revised General TesteUPDATE

Dear Colleague,

The GRE® revised General Test will offer many new benefits and features when it launches in 2011. One aspect that has not changed is our commitment to maintaining the trusted validity, fairness and access that are hallmarks of ETS and the GRE test.

You can read all that goes into maintaining this commitment in this issue’s Top Story, then watch our new video on this important subject.


The GRE revised General Test team


Creating Opportunities for Success

For more than 60 years, the GRE program’s dedication to fairness and access has made it possible for millions of students from all over the world to take a GRE test. Now, as the global community expands and worldwide competition increases, maintaining these high standards ensures that the most diverse pool of candidates has a fair chance at GRE test success — along with the opportunity to be successful in graduate and business school.

From test audits and fairness reviews to fee reductions and special accommodations for test takers with disabilities, maintaining our heritage of fairness and access has been integral to developing the GRE revised General Test.

“Everyone deserves a chance to be in graduate education, if they’re motivated, interested and capable of being there. From the beginning stages we make sure that questions are developed to ensure the test is fair for all test takers,” said Abigail Panter, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and 2009 – 10 GRE Board member.

To read our complete story, click on the link below:



Our newest video “Creating Opportunities for Success: Fairness and Access” delves into the many ways we’ve continued making fairness and access a priority throughout every step of the research, design and development of the GRE revised General Test. ETS leaders, GRE Board members and others in the graduate community discuss the rigorous process that goes into ensuring the test is fair and accessible to all test takers, and how these measures benefit both the test taker and the graduate community.

Watch now


The ETS® Personal Potential Index
Another Tool for Candidate Selection

Test scores and transcripts say a lot about a candidate. But it is helpful to have additional insight on other important skills and traits that are critical to graduate school success.

ETS has developed a way for you to learn more about a candidate, and make it easier to decide which candidates are right for your institution. The ETS® Personal Potential Index (ETS® PPI), the first evaluation system of its kind, is a web-based tool that delivers greater insight into a candidate — and his or her potential for success. Based on more than a decade of groundbreaking research, the ETS PPI gives you quantifiable, candidate-specific¬†information on six important personal qualities considered critical to graduate school success:

  • Knowledge and Creativity
  • Communication Skills
  • Teamwork
  • Resilience
  • Planning and Organization
  • Ethics and Integrity

Candidates select evaluators to rate them on these attributes by responding to 24 statements and providing an overall rating. ETS then produces an evaluation report that provides quantifiable, reliable results. Now you have another important tool for comparing candidates and making admissions decisions — and your candidates have a way to stand out from the crowd. ETS PPI is available right now. GRE® test takers get four free ETS PPI reports with their GRE® General Test registration; institutions receive free reports via SCORELINK® Internet Delivery System service or on paper.

To learn more about ETS PPI, we encourage you to participate in one of our live webinars offered on the following dates in 2010: April 20, June 15, September 18 and November 18.

Go to and sign up today!


ETS is participating in several upcoming professional conferences, which offer you a great opportunity to learn about the GRE revised General Test. For a complete schedule of conferences and events, please visit the Information Center.


We offer two additional resources for information on the GRE revised General Test, launching in 2011.

Our Information Center contains helpful tools, tips and guidelines that will help prepare you and your students.
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We also have a Helpline where you can get answers to all your questions about the GRE revised General Test.

or 1-609-683-2662

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