ETS GRE eUpdate


GRE® eUpdate

June 2014



Dear Colleague,

This time of year is always exciting for the GRE® Program as we get ready for our peak testing season. That's because we know how each test taker helps contribute to a vibrant pipeline of prospective students who will soon be applying to graduate and business schools worldwide. This eUpdate is focused on helping you advise, recruit and admit those prospective students.

Read on to hear about the approaching release of new GRE test preparation books and learn about our free online kit of advising and recruiting tools for institutions. Plus, get the latest news on the growing number of students who are taking the GRE® revised General Test to pursue an MBA. Finally, get a sneak peek announcement of a major new ETS publication about GRE research. It provides a much deeper look at the impressive research supporting the most widely accepted test for graduate and business school admission today.

We hope you find this latest eUpdate helpful and remind you to share the news with your colleagues and staff!


The GRE Program team


New GRE Test Prep Books!

We have been adding new test preparation materials in various formats to help test takers prepare in the way that works best for them. There are books, videos, an app and more. Now, we are excited to announce that coming this July, two new test preparation books will join the list of options for test takers:

NEW! Official GRE® Verbal Reasoning Practice Questions, Volume One

Featuring 150 REAL GRE Verbal Reasoning questions — direct from the test maker — this guide provides 150 never-before-published verbal reasoning questions with complete explanations and valuable hints and tips. This guide also includes new sample tasks for the GRE Analytical Writing measure.

NEW! Official GRE® Quantitative Reasoning Practice Questions, Volume One

Featuring 150 REAL GRE Quantitative Reasoning questions — direct from the test maker — this guide provides 150 never-before-published quantitative reasoning questions with complete explanations and valuable hints and tips. This guide also includes a review of the math topics likely to appear on the test.

These brand new test prep books will be available in print and ebook formats through the ETS store and through bookstores worldwide for test takers. To view the complete collection of official GRE test preparation materials — many of which are free — visit

Help prospective students do their best on test day!


The Popular GRE® Advisor Kit — Check It Out!

When looking for a one-stop resource to help you guide prospective graduate and business school students to all the facts and important information about the GRE tests, you need go no further than the Official GRE® Advisor Kit. The online collection includes easy-to-view-and-share materials such as brochures, flyers, fact sheets, printable posters, digital graphics, helpful links and even a student presentation now, too, that you can use for advising, recruitment and admissions purposes.

If you or a colleague currently conducts test preparation workshops, you may want to participate in the new GRE® Educate webinar series, created this year, especially for advisors and campus educators. These easily digestible, topic-specific webinars cover the content from our full-day Test Preparation Workshop for Campus Educators and they feature a live Q&A at the end of each session. They are a perfect option if you are time-pressed or on a tight travel budget. Webinar topics include:

  • An Overview of the GRE revised General Test
  • A Closer Look at the GRE Verbal Reasoning Measure
  • A Closer Look at the GRE Quantitative Reasoning Measure
  • A Closer Look at the GRE Analytical Writing Measure (Coming in September!)

Be sure to bookmark the advisor kit site and check back periodically for the most up-to-date information and resources.


More MBA Applicants Are Choosing the GRE revised General Test

During the 2012–2013 testing year, more MBA applicants than ever before chose the GRE revised General Test to meet admission requirements. Nearly 10 percent of individuals who took one of the two leading business school admission tests and indicated MBA as their intended degree objective, opted for the GRE revised General Test.*

A further analysis of GRE test-taker trends during the current testing year from July 1, 2013, through January 31, 2014, shows even more growth. In this time period, the number of GRE test takers indicating MBA as their intended degree rose dramatically, by 38 percent, compared to the same time period last year.

"The GRE Program offers many great benefits to test takers including the ScoreSelect® option and a test-taker friendly design, and it's these great benefits that are driving more and more MBA applicants to choose the GRE revised General Test," says David Payne, Vice President of Global Education at ETS. "We have heard from schools that they are seeing anywhere from 10 percent to 30 percent of their MBA applicants presenting GRE scores, and we expect this number to continue to grow."

Test-taker feedback indicates the most popular GRE features include the new ScoreSelect option, which lets those who choose to repeat the test send schools only their best set of scores. In addition, test takers like the ability to preview or skip questions and go back and change answers within a section, giving them the flexibility to use more of their own personal test-taking strategies.

"Our focus on providing test takers the tools they need to feel confident on test day helps them do their best, whether they plan to apply to graduate school or to any of the more than 1,100 business schools that now accept GRE scores for admission into their MBA programs," says Dawn Piacentino, Director of Communications and Services for the GRE Program at ETS. Currently, about 90 percent of the 2015 U.S. News & World Report Top 100 business schools in the United States and nine of the top 10 institutions on the Financial Times 2014 Global MBA Ranking accept GRE scores for admission into their MBA programs.

Visit to learn more about using GRE scores for business school admissions.

* The total population of individuals taking one of the two leading admission tests during the 2012–2013 testing year and indicating an MBA as their intended degree objective was calculated by combining GMAT® unique test-taker volume, estimated by deducting GMAT 20 percent annual repeater rate, and GRE unique test-taker volume.


Coming Soon!The Research Foundation for the GRE® revised General Test

The GRE® General Test has been an important part of graduate admissions for more than 60 years. When plans were made to introduce the GRE revised General Test, rigorous review and research took place in the development stages and continues today as part of our ongoing commitment to maintain the trusted validity, security and fairness that are hallmarks of ETS and the GRE test.

The Research Foundation for the GRE® revised General Test: A Compendium of Studies is a comprehensive collection of the extensive research efforts and other activities which led to the successful launch of the GRE revised General Test in August 2011. Summaries of nearly a decade of research as well as previously unreleased information about the revised test cover a variety of topics including:


• Rationale for Revising the Test

• The Development Process

• Test Design

• Score Scales


• Automated Scoring

• Validity

• Fairness

• Accessibility

Find out how these efforts led to a test that adheres to the highest industry standards and gain an understanding of the efforts that were critical in making the most trusted assessment of graduate-level skills even better. To receive email notification when the Compendium becomes available later this year, please complete this brief form.


Recruitment Corner

When using the GRE Search Service, put the Planned Date of Enrollment criteria to work in meeting your desired timing. Whether you are looking to fill seats with strong applicants for your upcoming class or build awareness among prospects who are thinking further out, get the names that fit best with your campaign objectives. Create an account now, or contact a specialist for assistance.

Tip! It just got easier to have your school's graduate recruitment events publicized — for FREE — on the official GRE revised General Test page on Facebook®. It's a perfect way to reach nearly 400,000 prospective graduate and business school students — and their friends! Simply submit your event information at least 45 days prior to your event date, and we'll take it from there!


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