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Understanding What the Numbers Mean: A Straightforward Approach to GRE Predictive Validity GPA GRE

Bridgeman, Brent; Burton, Nancy W.; Cline, Frederick
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RR-08-46, GREB-04-03
ETS Research Report
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Predictive Validity, Grade Point Average (GPA), Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Variance


In one set of analyses, students within a department were divided into quartiles based on GRE scores and the percentage of students in the top and bottom quartiles earning a 4.0 average was noted. Students in the top quartile were 3 to 5 times as likely to earn 4.0 averages compared to students in the bottom quartile. Even after controlling for undergraduate grade point average quartiles, substantial differences related to GRE quartile remained.

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