ERIC Number: ED260130
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
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Comparative Validity of the GRE-Analytical Test.
Mowsesian, Richard; Hays, William L.
The predictive validity of the revised Graduate Record Examination Analytical Test (GRE-A) was compared with the experimental form of the GRE-A, in terms of graduate school admissions as well as advancement to Ph.D. candidacy decisions. Prior to 1974 the Graduate Record Examination included just a verbal and a quantitative test; in 1974 it was broadened to include an analytical component to meet a preceived need. For 407 students applying for admission to a graduate program in educational psychology, the following data were analyzed: GRE scores (verbal, quantitative, and analytical); sex; ethnic status; area of specialization; faculty evaluation of Ph.D. qualification; and demographic data. Regression analysis of the GRE scores indicated that this combination of independent variables accounted for a significant variance associated with admissions decisions, whether the experimental or the revised GRE-A was used. Verbal and quantitative scores accounted for more variance than analytical scores did. The analytical scores were strongly related to scores on both of the other sections. The GRE-A was also found to add to the prediction of advancement to Ph.D. candidacy. This was true for both the experimental and revised GRE-A forms. It was concluded that the GRE-A had predictive utility and that both the experimental and revised forms were comparable. (GDC)
Descriptors: Admission Criteria, Cognitive Tests, College Admission, College Entrance Examinations, Comparative Testing, Doctoral Programs, Educational Psychology, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Logical Thinking, Predictive Validity, Racial Differences, Regression (Statistics), Sex Differences, Test Construction, Test Theory, Test Validity
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Graduate Record Examinations