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Test Score Changes on the GRE General (Aptitude) Test GRE

Clark, Mary Jo; Grandy, Jerilee E.; Powers, Donald E.
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ETS Research Report
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Aptitude Tests, College Entrance Examinations, Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), Performance Factors, Test Repeaters, Scores


In terms of the numbers of examinees involved, test repetition is a significant phenomenon in standardized admission testing. Although it is readily acknowledged that those who repeat admissions tests are a self-selected group of test takers, there are continuing questions about the bases on which examinees decide to retake a test. Through a survey of examinees who had repeated the GRE General (Aptitude) Test, this study documents some of the factors involved in GRE test takers' decisions to repeat the test and examines the relationships of these factors to test score changes. Implications are drawn for advising examinees who contemplate retaking the GRE as well as graduate admissions staff who are confronted with multiple test scores. (37pp.)

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