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Beigman Klebanov, Beata; Ramineni, Chaitanya; Kaufer, David; Yeoh, Paul; Ishizaki, Suguru – Language Testing, 2019
Essay writing is a common type of constructed-response task used frequently in standardized writing assessments. However, the impromptu timed nature of the essay writing tests has drawn increasing criticism for the lack of authenticity for real-world writing in classroom and workplace settings. The goal of this paper is to contribute evidence to a…
Descriptors: Test Validity, Writing Tests, Writing Skills, Persuasive Discourse
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Hatchett, Gregory T.; Lawrence, Christopher; Coaston, Susannah C. – International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 2017
The purpose of this study was to re-evaluate the validity of traditional admissions criteria--UGPA and GRE scores--in predicting academic success for students admitted to a counselor education program in the United States. In contrast to prior research, we also included the newer GRE-Analytical Writing scores in our analyses. In general, we found…
Descriptors: Admission Criteria, Counselor Training, Academic Achievement, Predictive Validity
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Bridgeman, Brent – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2016
Scores on essay-based assessments that are part of standardized admissions tests are typically given relatively little weight in admissions decisions compared to the weight given to scores from multiple-choice assessments. Evidence is presented to suggest that more weight should be given to these assessments. The reliability of the writing scores…
Descriptors: Multiple Choice Tests, Scores, Standardized Tests, Comparative Analysis
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Brown, Kevin – CEA Forum, 2015
In this article, the author describes his project to take every standardized exam English majors students take. During the summer and fall semesters of 2012, the author signed up for and took the GRE General Test, the Praxis Content Area Exam (English Language, Literature, and Composition: Content Knowledge), the Senior Major Field Tests in…
Descriptors: College Faculty, College English, Test Preparation, Standardized Tests
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Ramineni, Chaitanya; Trapani, Catherine S.; Williamson, David M.; Davey, Tim; Bridgeman, Brent – ETS Research Report Series, 2012
Automated scoring models for the "e-rater"® scoring engine were built and evaluated for the "GRE"® argument and issue-writing tasks. Prompt-specific, generic, and generic with prompt-specific intercept scoring models were built and evaluation statistics such as weighted kappas, Pearson correlations, standardized difference in…
Descriptors: Scoring, Test Scoring Machines, Automation, Models
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Snyder, Thomas D.; Dillow, Sally A. – National Center for Education Statistics, 2012
The 2011 edition of the "Digest of Education Statistics" is the 47th in a series of publications initiated in 1962. The "Digest" has been issued annually except for combined editions for the years 1977-78, 1983-84, and 1985-86. Its primary purpose is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Data Collection, Data Analysis, Error Patterns
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Attali, Yigal; Bridgeman, Brent; Trapani, Catherine – Journal of Technology, Learning, and Assessment, 2010
A generic approach in automated essay scoring produces scores that have the same meaning across all prompts, existing or new, of a writing assessment. This is accomplished by using a single set of linguistic indicators (or features), a consistent way of combining and weighting these features into essay scores, and a focus on features that are not…
Descriptors: Writing Evaluation, Writing Tests, Scoring, Test Scoring Machines
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Pawlow, Laura A. – Teaching of Psychology, 2010
This exercise aims to provide a hands-on, role-playing activity that requires students to evaluate the strengths and limitations of standardized tests in making admission decisions. Small groups pretend to be an admissions committee and review fictitious student applications containing both standardized test scores and other information admissions…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Admission Criteria, College Admission, Class Activities
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Snyder, Thomas D.; Dillow, Sally A. – National Center for Education Statistics, 2013
The 2012 edition of the "Digest of Education Statistics" is the 48th in a series of publications initiated in 1962. The "Digest" has been issued annually except for combined editions for the years 1977-78, 1983-84, and 1985-86. Its primary purpose is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Adult Education
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Hardison, Chaitra M.; Sackett, Paul R. – Applied Measurement in Education, 2008
Despite the growing use of writing assessments in standardized tests, little is known about coaching effects on writing assessments. Therefore, this study tested the effects of short-term coaching on standardized writing tests, and the transfer of those effects to other writing genres. College freshmen were randomly assigned to either training…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Group Membership, College Freshmen, Writing Tests
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Ren, Jia; Bryan, Kisha; Min, Youngkyoung; Wei, Youhua – Florida Journal of Educational Administration & Policy, 2007
Studying in a second language is probably one of the greatest challenges for international students. In this study, the relationship between language preparation and the first year graduate study among East Asian international graduate students in the United States was investigated in order to provide implications and suggestions for university…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Foreign Students, Graduate Students, Graduate Study
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Powers, Donald E.; Kaufman, James C. – Intelligence, 2004
The objective of the study reported here was to explore the relationship of Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test scores to selected personality traits--conscientiousness, rationality, ingenuity, quickness, creativity, and depth. A sample of 342 GRE test takers completed short personality inventory scales for each trait. Analyses…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, College Entrance Examinations, Correlation, Scores
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Johnson, Troy – College and University, 2001
Describes three areas in which the graduate community is vulnerable to substandard practice when using Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores in decision processes: percentile versus raw scores, cut-off scores, and summed scores. Asserts that the graduate community is generally unaware that raw scores on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical…
Descriptors: College Admission, College Entrance Examinations, Graduate Study, High Stakes Tests
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Dunlap, Katherine M.; Fraser, Mark W.; Henley, H. Carl, Jr. – Journal of Social Work Education, 1998
Examines relationship between admission criteria and academic performance among 654 master's in social-work (MSW) students in one state university, 1985-1992. Test scores on a pre-graduation comprehensive exam measured academic achievement. Results indicate two admissions criteria, undergraduate grade point average and Graduate Record Examination…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Admission Criteria, College Admission, Grade Point Average
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Sanders, Neill F.; Perfetto, Greg – Journal of College Admission, 1992
Discusses whether scores achieved by college seniors on standardized tests such as Graduate Record Examination can express collegiate value added (knowledge, skills, and abilities added to students during undergraduate studies). Encourages professional organizations to serve as forums to arrive at consensus on how to explain efficacy of…
Descriptors: College Graduates, College Seniors, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education
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