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Graduate Admissions Practices: A Targeted Review of the Literature GRE STEM

Michel, Rochelle; Belur, Vinetha; Naemi, Bobby D.; Kell, Harrison
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ETS Research Report
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Graduate Admissions, Admissions Practices, Diversity, Holistic Evaluation, Literature Review, Cognitive Skills, Social Skills, Emotional Intelligence, Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)


This review of the literature covers 5 major areas within the graduate admissions process: (a) the decentralized nature of graduate admissions; (b) the types of materials that are collected as part of the application process, including standardized test scores; (c) the variety of admissions models that are used to make admissions decisions; (d) training and tools used by graduate admissions committees to support the graduate admissions process; and (e) admitting diverse applicants. The literature review concludes with a discussion of the findings and the areas for future research.

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