ERIC Number: ED389712
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Relationships of Reasoning and Writing Skills to GRE Analytical Ability Scores. GRE Board Professional Report No. 84-23P.
Carlson, Sybil B.
The reasoning skills tapped by the analytical measure of the Graduate Record Examinations were studied by examining how performance on its constituent type items relate to alternative criteria. Another objective was to ascertain the extent to which additional information on examinees' analytical skills might be obtained from further analyses of their writing performance. The data base consisted of 406 writing samples prepared by 203 examinees (89 native speakers of English and 6 native speakers of Arabic, 73 of Chinese, and 35 of Spanish). Scoring methods were developed that focused on the reasoning skills reflected in the papers. Three scoring methods did not appear to add information beyond that obtained from the analytical reasoning and verbal sections of the GRE General Test, but the scheme developed by P. Moss yielded scores that were relatively independent of these sections of the GRE, possibly tapping verbal reasoning skills not assessed by the GRE General Test. Writer's Workbench computerized text analysis suggested that the different writing tasks elicited different kinds of performance, and that the performance of students of different native language groups may vary in complex ways. Four appendixes provide topic and scoring information. (Contains 13 tables and 35 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Graduate Record Examinations Board, Princeton, NJ.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers: Analytical Tests; Graduate Record Examinations; Language Minorities