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The Importance of Holistic Admissions in Graduate Programs_ETS
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The Importance of Holistic Admissions in Graduate Programs

Holistic admissions is a fair, inclusive process for identifying applicants who can help you achieve program and institution goals.

What is Holistic Admissions?

The holistic admissions method looks at multiple sources of information to get the fullest picture of each applicants potential. By combining quantitative data like test scores and undergraduate GPA with more qualitative indicators such as letters of recommendation and work experience, you can be confident you have a more complete view of each applicant to fairly assess fit within your program.

Programs Conducting Holistic Admissions Typically:

l  Use evidence and information from multiple sources to gauge applicants knowledge, skills, experiences and personal attributes

l  Avoid using threshold (or cut) scores that are determined using only undergraduate GPA and GRE General Test scores, as that may prevent candidates with other desirable qualities from being considered


l  Align weighing of various application components with program goals

l  Give thought to the order in which application components are reviewed, and who is reviewing them, to mitigate biases throughout the process

Benefits of Holistic Admissions:

l  Gain a clearer picture of an applicants potential fit

l  Identify applicants most likely to be successful in your program

l  Support fair review of all applications

Gathering Evidence of Critical Skills In Three Scores


With the GRE General Test, admissions decision makers get valuable evidence of critical thinking and other important skills through Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing section scores. Watch these short videos to understand the value of each within a holistic admissions process.


Verbal Reasoning

This assessment measures an individuals ability to comprehend and synthesize written material, including the ability to:


l  Analyze and draw conclusions from discourse

l  Reason from incomplete data

l  Identify an authors assumptions and/or perspective

l  Summarize text and distinguish major from minor points

Quantitative Reasoning

This assessment measures an individuals ability to apply quantitative thinking, including the ability to:


l  Understand, interpret and analyze quantitative information

l  Solve problems using mathematical models

l  Apply the basic concepts of: arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis

Analytical Writing

This assessment measures an individuals ability to construct and evaluate arguments, including the ability to:


l  Articulate and support complex ideas with relevant reasons and examples

l  Examine claims and accompanying evidence

l  Sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion

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