ERIC Number: ED163090
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
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An Investigation of the Feasibility of Obtaining Additional Subscores on the GRE Advanced Psychology Test. GRE Board Professional Report GREB No. 74-4P.
McPeek, Miles; And Others
This study was undertaken to determine whether additional information useful for guidance or placement could be derived from the existing Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) Advanced Psychology Test. The number of subscores currently reported is limited by the high reliability required to make admissions decisions; subscores used only for guidance and placement would not need to meet such a rigorous standard. Subscores based on eight content areas (Personality, Learning, Measurement, Developmental psychology, Social psychology, Physiological and Comparative psychology, Perceptual and Sensory psychology, and Clinical and Abnormal psychology) were identified by the GRE Advanced Psychology Test Committee of Examiners. These experimental subscores, the two currently reported subscores, and the total score were analyzed. Analysis showed that, for most students, additional information about strengths and weaknesses in some of the areas could be obtained. The particular subscores which could provide useful information varied from student to student. This finding was supported by an examination of fifty randomly chosen answer sheets. It was concluded that subscores based on the content areas identified by the Psychology Committee may have potential for providing additional information for purposes of guidance and placement. Subscores based on a factor analysis of the test, however, were judged not to have equivalent potential. (Author/ROF)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, College Entrance Examinations, Content Analysis, Factor Analysis, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Psychology, Scores, Statistical Data, Test Construction, Test Interpretation, Test Reliability
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
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