Information on the Use of the GRE in Admissions Decisions
At the national level there has been a significant inquiry into the value of using GRE scores to evaluate candidates for graduate training. In light of national interest in this area, the faculty within the Vanderbilt biomedical research community are invited to use the resources here to more fully educate themselves on the data that have been accumulated and published as well as the viewpoints and perspectives shared on the use of GRE scores in graduate admissions.
This collection is not meant to be exhaustive; if you find additional material you think should be added to this resource, contact Lindsay Meyers in the BRET office. Periodically, there will also be seminars that provide information relevant to the use of GRE scores; all faculty in biomedical research are invited to attend. Suggestions for speakers are welcome and should be sent to Linda Sealy, Assoc. Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Basic Sciences.
Recently Published Research Articles
(in descending date order)
- "The Limitations of the GRE in Predicting Success in Biomedical Graduate School" by Liane Moneta-Koehler, Abigail Brown, Kimberly Petrie, Brent Evans, and Roger Chalkley in PLOS ONE (January 11, 2017)
- "Predictors of Student Productivity in Biomedical Graduate School Applications" by Joshua Hall, Anna B. O'Connell, and Jeanette G. Gook in PLOS ONE (January 11, 2017)
- "Beyond the GRE: Using the Composite Score to Predict the Success of Puerto Rican Students in a Biomedical PhD Program" by Wendy Pacheco, Richard Noel, James T. Porter, and Caroline B. Appleyard in CBE-Life Sciences Education (Summer 2015)
- "How Should We Be Selecting Our Graduate Students" by Orion Weiner in Molecular Biology of the Cell (February 15, 2014)
- "Standardized Tests Predict Graduate Students' Success" by Nathan R. Kuncel and Sarah A. Heslett in Science (February 23, 2007)
- "Predicting Long-Term Success in Graduate School" A Collaborative Validity Study by Nancy W. Burton adn Ming-mei Wang by ETS Research Report (April 2005)
(in descending date order)
- "The GRE hurts grad schools–and science" by Alexander Shames in ASBMB Today (April 1, 2018)
- "GRExit or retain" by Rajini Rao in ASBMB Today (April 1, 2018)
- "GREs don't predict school success. What does?" by Beryl Liff Benderly in Science Careers (June 7, 2017)
"How I Learned to Take the SAT Like a Rich Kid" by Dylan Hernandez in The New York Times (April 10, 2017)
"The Problem With the GRE" by Victoria Clayton in The Atlantic (March 1, 2016)
"A Test that Fails" by Casey Miller and Keivan Stassun in Nature (June 12, 2014)
Other Institutions' Responses
The AAMC GREAT Group asked its members to share information on whether or not their institutions are using the GRE score as an admission requirement for their graduate programs (Results of survey).
Upcoming Events to Facilitate Faculty Discussion
Please join us to learn more and to ask questions about the GRE and its usefulness as a predictor of student success at town hall meetings dedicated to these topics.
Drs. Linda Sealy and Jeffrey Bloom present “Diversity, Inclusion, and the GRE”
- Monday April 30, 2018 from 4:00-5:00 pm in 214 LH or
- Monday June 4, 2018 at 4:00-5:00 pm in 202 LH
Drs. Roger Chalkley, Liane Moneta-Koehler, and Abigail Brown present “GRE Scores and Student Outcomes”
- Tuesday May 1, 2018 from 4:00-5:00 pm in 214 LH or
- Friday Jun 8, 2018 4:00-5:00 pm in 214 LH
On Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Dr. Julie Posselt presented a seminar on her study of the graduate admissions process entitled “Inside Graduate Admissions – Merit and Diversity in PhD Admissions.” Dr. Posselt is the author of the book Inside Graduate Admissions: Merit, Diversity, and Faculty Gatekeeping. During her visit to Vanderbilt, she met faculty from Peabody, Engineering, and A&S.