Studies on the use of the GRE in the physical sciences

bfollinprm
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Studies on the use of the GRE in the physical sciences

Postby bfollinprm » Wed Nov 21, 2012 12:37 am

I was contacted by someone looking in to the possibility of the APS (American Physical Society) collecting data on how the GRE tests (subject and general) are used in the graduate admission process in the United States. He asked me the following:

Are there people who have studied [the use of the GRE] significantly in physics or physical sciences, especially w/respect to how the GRE exhibits biases toward or against underrepresented groups (in this case either women or minorities)?


I don't recall anything, so I thought I'd ask here, since we have a pretty active community obviously invested in this question. I was left with the impression that official (published) and unofficial studies are both welcome; they're in the process of collecting information on what kind of opinions/facts/data is out there already.

Does anyone know of any studies, or have any informed opinions? I'll forward whatever's posted here.

blighter
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Re: Studies on the use of the GRE in the physical sciences

Postby blighter » Wed Nov 21, 2012 3:58 am

Off the top of my head, I can only remember this: http://www.aps.org/publications/apsnews ... gender.cfm

bfollinprm
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Re: Studies on the use of the GRE in the physical sciences

Postby bfollinprm » Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:21 pm

blighter wrote:Off the top of my head, I can only remember this: http://www.aps.org/publications/apsnews ... gender.cfm


Cool. Thanks! Anyone else?

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Re: Studies on the use of the GRE in the physical sciences

Postby ol » Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:31 pm

Astro department at UC Boulder:
http://www.aas.org/cswa/status/2005/JUNE2005/ApplyingToGradSchoolII.html

Science Mag article (your school has to have a subscription to read it)
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/274/5288/710

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Re: Studies on the use of the GRE in the physical sciences

Postby bfollinprm » Wed Nov 21, 2012 10:36 pm

ol wrote:Astro department at UC Boulder:
http://www.aas.org/cswa/status/2005/JUNE2005/ApplyingToGradSchoolII.html

Science Mag article (your school has to have a subscription to read it)
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/274/5288/710


Awesome, thanks!




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