GRE® General Test to Include New Question Types in November
Princeton, N.J. (July
20, 2007) —
Educational Testing Service® (ETS®), in consultation
with the Graduate Record Examinations® (GRE®) Board, announced today plans
to include two new question types in the computer-based GRE General Test
beginning in November.
The new question types are part of the first phase of improvements
endorsed by graduate school educators. Plans for launching an entirely new
test all at once were dropped, and ETS decided to introduce new question
types and improvements gradually over time.
"These question types have already been through extensive field trials,
and the results indicate that the questions are functioning as intended,”
explains David Payne, Associate Vice President of Higher Education at ETS.
“We will begin counting these question types toward examinee scores as soon
as we have an adequate sample of data from the operational testing
Test takers may encounter one of these new questions in the Verbal
Reasoning or Quantitative Reasoning sections of the computer-based GRE
General Test. The new Verbal question type is a text completion question
that requires the test taker to fill in two or three blanks within a passage
from separate multiple-choice lists. Currently, the Verbal section contains
text completion questions that require test takers to fill in one blank
within a passage from a single multiple-choice list. The new Quantitative
question type will be a numeric entry question that requires test takers to
type their answer as a number in a box, or as a fraction in two boxes. Test
takers can review sample questions and additional information about the
question types on the GRE website.
"This is an important step towards revising the General Test to offer
improved measurement of the skills and knowledge required for graduate
study," says Suzanne Ortega, Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost,
University of Washington, Seattle, and Chair of the GRE Board.