About a month and a half ago The Quixotic Man posted an article criticizing the use of the GRE in admissions decisions to graduate degree programs. I left a comment there, but recent conversations with fellow faculty members at an institution where I teach, as well as one with a NYCS board member at the Graham Priest lecture on Saturday September 11th, have spurred me to develop the comments I posted on TQM’s piece more comprehensively into my own post.
I want to start by first disclosing the following: 1) I took the GRE [the general test twice, and the psychology subject test once], 2) I have been both denied admission to graduate programs (master’s level and doctoral level) and admitted to graduate programs (master’s and doctoral level), all from roughly the same ‘caliber’ of institutions, 3) I am a graduate student of quantitative methods in education and psychology, and 4) I have taught courses in measurement and assessment in these areas (u-grad/intro level). I say all of this not to add or subtract credibility from my views, but to express that, while this article is my opinion, it is an opinion based on personal, professional and academic experience. … continue reading this entry.