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Three Common Myths About Using GRE® Scores


When it comes to a truly holistic admissions process, the GRE® General Test is a critical part of the equation. Unfortunately, there are a number of misconceptions around the GRE General Test, its purpose and how it is utilized in the holistic admissions process. As you prepare for the upcoming admissions cycle, here are a few misconceptions about what the GRE test can and cannot offer programs looking to make the most informed admissions decisions possible.  


1.      1. Myth:The purpose of the GRE General Test is to predict program completion.
Fact: Completion is more often determined by life circumstances — such as having a child or changing jobs — and program dissatisfaction — circumstances that no test of academic skills can predict. Instead, GRE scores help to predict an applicant’s readiness for graduate-level work. When used as part of a holistic admissions process, GRE scores can provide invaluable insights into an applicant’s skills and abilities that show their potential for success in graduate education.

2.      2. Myth: The admissions process will be fairer without GRE scores.

Fact: When GRE scores are removed from the admissions process, other information is weighted more. Research shows that the remaining information —- such as letters of recommendation, essays and even GPAs — are more influenced by the socioeconomic status of applicants than test scores are. The GRE General Test is the only standard, research-based measure in the admissions process, removing it in favor of information that is not standard, not research-based, and highly influenced by applicants’ socioeconomic status, will create a process that is actually less fair.


3.      3. Myth: Eliminating GRE score requirements will increase program diversity.

Fact: There is no quick fix to increasing program diversity. Achieving that goal requires an intentional commitment that includes increasing faculty diversity, student mentorship programs, inclusive environments and many other activities. A holistic admissions process embodies inclusivity and fairness by considering a wide range of qualitative and quantitative metrics, including GRE scores, to ensure that all students — including those from underserved backgrounds — have a variety of opportunities to showcase their academic skills, personal attributes and potential.

Learn more of the facts here:


If you are interested in learning more, contact Jay Kang (, Associate Director, Academic Relations, to schedule a virtual presentation on “The Challenges of Graduate Admissions and Research that Should Influence Your Admission Process.”


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