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Likely Impact of the GRE Writing Assessment on Graduate Admissions Decisions GRE GREB

Powers, Donald E.; Fowles, Mary E.
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ETS Research Report
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Graduate Record Examinations Board, Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), GRE Writing Assessment, Graduate Admissions, Writing Tests, Graduate Students


The study examined the relationship between these admissions decisions and a number of variables, including GRE Writing Assessment scores, the availability of examinee essays in admissions folders, GRE General Test scores, undergraduate grades, and the quality of the applicant's recommendation and personal statement. The study results suggest that GRE writing scores will probably have some impact on graduate admission decisions, but that overall, the availability of examinee essays will have substantially less, if any, influence. The study did not detect any significant tendency for graduate faculty to attend unduly to extraneous flaws in examinees' essays. A substantial majority of the participants felt that receiving applicants' GRE essays would either probably or definitely be useful.

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