ERIC Number: ED395021
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Population Differences in Speed Versus Level of GRE Reading Comprehension: An Exploratory Study. GRE Board Professional Report No. 84-09aP.
Wilson, Kenneth M.
Possible population differences in speed versus level of Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) reading comprehension scores were explored. The study used operational measures computed post hoc from item-level data in GRE files for a pre-October 1977 version of the verbal test in which 40 GRE reading comprehension (RC) items were included as a separately timed section administered under then current formula-scoring instructions. The "level" (formula) score was defined by performance on the first 20 RC items, completed by almost all examinees; and the "speed" (formula) score was defined by performance on the next 20, attempted by fewer examinees, and a formula score based on 28 odd-numbered discrete-verbal items was z-scaled in data for more than 21,000 examinees. Patterns of difference between correlated z-scaled means were analyzed for U.S. and non-U.S. examinees by sex, ethnicity, English as primary language, and four broad graduate major areas. Patterns of relative standing on the scores were generally consistent with the hypothesis that speed/level differences would be present in analyses by graduate major area and English proficiency status, but not in analyses by sex or ethnicity. An appendix contains three tables of correlations of subtests and GRE scores by examinee subgroup. (Contains 9 figures, 10 tables, and 62 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Graduate Record Examinations Board, Princeton, NJ.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers: Graduate Record Examinations; Population; Speed