ERIC Number: ED241574
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
GRE Scores as Predictors of Career Achievement in History.
Schrader, William B.
This exploratory study is concerned with identifying several measures of career attainment for historians and with relating these measures to Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores and to other relevant characteristics. The basic hypothesis of the study is that abilities measured at the time of admission to graduate school are related to career performance after earning the doctorate. The analysis sample for this study included 83 historians who had earned a doctorate in history in 1963-64 or 1964-65, who had earned a bachelor's degree between 1954 and 1962, and who had retrievable test scores on the Aptitude Test and an Advanced Test of the GRE. Citation counts obtained from the Social Sciences Citation Index served as the main indicator of attainment. The rating of the graduate faculty in History for each historian's doctoral university as reported by Cartter (1966) was included in the study as a predictor. Because the sample size was quite small (83 historians), any conclusions based on these data must be quite tentative. Nevertheless, it is of interest that GRE-Verbal and GRE Advanced test scores and department quality ratings yield small positive correlations with citation counts from the Social Sciences Citation Index. These results are sufficiently promising to warrant further studies of similar design based on scholars who attained the doctorate in other years or who specialized in other fields. (Author)
Descriptors: Adults, Careers, College Entrance Examinations, Comparative Analysis, Doctoral Degrees, History, Performance Factors, Predictive Measurement, Scores
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