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The Feasibility of Common Criterion Validity Studies of the GRE GREB GRE

Carlson, Alfred B.; Evans, Franklin R.; Kuykendall, Nancy M.
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ETS Research Memorandum
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Graduate Record Examinations Board, Evaluation Criteria, Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), Graduate Students, Rating Scales, Validity Studies


The Graduate Record Examinations Committees for French, Philosophy, and English Literature participated in an investigation of the feasibility of conducting validity studies of the GRE using a common criterion task. It was determined that such a study was not feasible. However some committee members suggested that many graduate departments used some type of ratings of graduate students; that rating scale criteria would be generally acceptable to the various disciplines; and that it would be feasible to conduct studies using this type of criterion. It appeared from the investigation that a sufficient number of departments use a three-or-greater level rating procedure to warrant an attempt to conduct some preliminary validity studies using existing rating data as criteria. The probable variation between the rating scales currently in use in departments at different universities both in terms of attributes rated and type of scale quality, suggests that a uniform set of criterion rating scales should be developed prior to attempting to conduct validity studies using rating scales as criterion measures.

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