In this edition of eUpdate, we're marking a key milestone: More than 500 business schools worldwide now accept GRE® scores for their MBA programs. They join the thousands of graduate programs that already have access to the diverse pool of applicants taking the test each year and that are also getting ready for the GRE® revised General Test.
In the News and Views section, we provide important information — for those of you who receive GRE scores electronically — about changes to the GRE® Optional Score Reporting Record Layout, going into effect on July 1, 2011. These changes are designed to accommodate new score information coming with the GRE® revised General Test.
We also have some new resources to tell you about that will help your institution get ready for the launch of the revised test.
The GRE revised General Test Team
Business schools are joining graduate schools in getting ready for the GRE revised General Test
David Payne, Vice President and COO of the Higher Education Division of ETS, announced at the AACSB 2011 International Conference and Annual Meeting on April 29 that more than 500 business schools worldwide now accept the GRE® General Test for admission to their MBA programs – and since then even more have been added to the already steadily growing number. These schools join the thousands of graduate programs already accessing the diverse pool of potential applicants and getting ready for the launch of the GRE® revised General Test.
Since 2009, ETS has seen 57% growth in the number of business schools accepting the GRE General Test for MBA admissions — a list that includes many top-ranked schools such as Harvard, IE, INSEAD, MIT Sloan and Stanford.
In 2010, the GRE General Test was taken by about 675,000 candidates representing more diverse backgrounds than ever before. Of the 2010 GRE test takers, 48% have earned undergraduate degrees in a quantitatively demanding field, and more than 300,000 are women. In addition, test volume outside the United States increased 13% in 2010, and the number of test takers from underrepresented groups in the United States has increased 20% since 2007.
For more information on why accepting GRE scores can make good business sense, watch our video "A Good Business Decision" and download our new business school brochure. We also encourage you to share these resources with faculty and admissions staff.
Changes to the GRE Score Reporting Record Layout coming soon
If your institution receives GRE scores via the SCORELINK® Internet Delivery Service or CD-ROM score reporting service, you should have recently received an email about upcoming modifications to the GRE® Optional Score Reporting Record Layout.
We're adding two new "Estimated Current Score" data fields to the layout effective July 1, 2011. These fields will start to be populated with data in November 2011, when the first GRE revised General Test score reports are sent. They will enable ETS to provide estimated Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning scores on the GRE revised General Test for individuals who took the GRE General Test prior to August 1, 2011. To see the new layout, and a sample data file you can use for testing purposes, visit our website.
If your institution hasn't yet signed up to receive scores via SCORELINK® Internet Delivery Service, you can do so here. The SCORELINK® service saves on delivery and download time and uses encryption software to ensure the security of all score data.
New resources to help you get ready
Our Information Center continues to be a popular resource for members of the graduate and business school community. There you'll find at-a-glance guides to many topics related to the launch of the GRE revised General Test, plus more in-depth materials such as videos, webinars, brochures and other downloadable materials designed to help you and your colleagues get ready.
If you haven't visited in a while, be sure to go there now. We've just added these new resources:
- It's Time to Get Ready! Your Guide to Helpful Resources (PDF) — An excellent mini guide to help you get quick information
- The New Score Scale — An In-Depth Look (PDF)
- Special Score Reporting Schedule (PDF) for tests administered between August and November 2011
If you missed participating in one of our Getting Ready webinars, you'll also find a link to sign up for the next webinar with a live Q&A session at the Information Center, plus you can access our downloadable Advisor's Kit with printable handouts to give to prospective applicants.
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