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Field Trial of a User-Oriented Adaptation of the Inventory of Documented Accomplishments as a Tool in Graduate Admissions

Baird, Leonard L.
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GREB-81-01R (1985), RR-85-13
ETS Research Report
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Biographical Inventories Field Tests Graduate Record Examinations Board Graduate Study Student Admissions Criteria


A user-oriented application survey was constructed, building on the work of the project to develop an inventory of documented accomplishments. The survey was sent to a small group of interested departments. The experiences and reactions of these departments to the structured admissions survey were reviewed, and the survey revised accordingly. Eighteen departments in three universities agreed to use this revised instrument as part of their regular admissions procedures. They were subsequently polled for their reactions to the form's utility, content, interpretability, advantages over current procedures, and comparability with the personal statement. In general, it appeared unlikely that a single form could be developed that would have appeal and applicability across fields.

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