Understanding the Impact of Special Preparation for Admissions Tests

Author(s):
Powers, Donald E.
Publication Year:
2012
Report Number:
RR-12-05, SPC-12-02
Source:
ETS Research Report
Document Type:
Report
Page Count:
15
Subject/Key Words:
Coaching Test Familiarization Special Test Preparation Test Preparation SAT General Test Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Test Score Validity

Abstract

Special preparation for tests has been a relatively contentious issue. The controversy has entailed (a) disagreement over the effectiveness of such preparation, (b) concern over unequal access to it, and (c) worries about its impact on the validity of test scores. This paper provides a brief history of ETS’s involvement with, and contribution to, sorting out the issues associated with test preparation.

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