December 7, 2007 11:46 PM
10 Reasons Why I hate the GRE
#1) No calculator.
#2) $140x2 test fees = $280+TX
#3) $141.67 in used books
#4) Opportunity cost of countless hours of studying.
#5) A Yale study shows the explanatory power of GRE scores is only 1% for graduate psychology students' academic performance (grades, faculty evaluations on students). The correlation for women was NEGATIVE.  University of Texas and Blowing Green State University studies indicated that GRE scores were poor indication of graduate performance. [2,3]
#6) Did I mention you can't use a calculator? Why the hell is my ability to multiply and divide large numbers a fair estimation of my preparedness for graduate school?
#7) It's a test of endurance (hint: when you finish a section, don't hit continue and you'll get an extra break).
#8) ETS has added two questions types, but don’t incorporate them into the practice tests.
#9) ETS no longer tells you if you’re taking an experimental section or if it’s real. Sure, it’s great for their testing, but last time I got two quantitative tests. If the second one was the last test (which it was), and if it was real, then I was at a further disadvantage after 3.15hrs of prior testing.
#10) I'll still need to take the GMAT later. A great example of how a one-product monopoly can provide greater customer surplus than an uber-lame oligopoly. However, even if GMAC and ETS merged, I bet the tests would be kept separate :(
#11) You are videotaped, and your fingerprints are taken.
 Sternberg, R. & Williams, W. (1997). Does the Graduate Record Examination Predict Meaningful Success in the Graduate Training of Psychologists? American Psychologist, v. 52 (no. 6), pp. 630-641.
 Milner, M., McNeil, J. & King, S.W. (1984). The GRE: A Question of Validity in Predicting Performance in Professional Schools of Social Work. Educational and Psychological Measurement, vol. 44, pp. 945-950.
 Onasch, C. (1994). "Undergraduate Grade Point Average and Graduate Record Exam Scores as Predictors of Length of Enrollment in Completing a Mater of Science Degree." ERIC Document No. 375 739.
wait.. why are there 11 reasons?
Posted by jennifer | 2008-02-25
I repeated one once. It's not as bad as I made it out to be. But if I didn't get into Cornell, I might not bother posting this reply in an apologetic tone..
Posted by Tay | 2008-02-25
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