ERIC Number: ED241564
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of Time-Related Score Increments and/or Decrements for GRE Repeaters across Ability and Sex Groups.
Rock, Donald; Werts, Charles
The purpose of this study was to obtain information on both the number of individuals who retest and their patterns of score gain (or decrement) by sex and ability. Individuals who retested only once were found to gain about 26-27 points on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) verbal test and about 23 points on the GRE quantitative test. This finding is tempered by the fact that repeaters are a self-selected group whose average scores were below the mean on initial testing; average gains on retest by a random sample of all test takers almost certainly would be somewhat less. Individuals who retested more than once were, on the average, of lower ability than the single retest individuals. The multiple retesters gained less on the average than the higher ability single retest individuals. The amount of verbal gain was positively related to the length of time between the initial test and the first retest. This result was interpreted primarily as an increase in knowledge and to a lesser extent an increase in test-taking skills. There was no relationship between time lapse and quantitative gains. (Author)
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Achievement Gains, College Entrance Examinations, Higher Education, Quantitative Tests, Scores, Sex Differences, Test Wiseness, Verbal Tests
Educational Testing Service, Publications Order Services, Dept. I-101, Princeton, NJ 08541.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Graduate Record Examinations Board, Princeton, NJ.; Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers: Graduate Record Examinations; Retesting