Plans for the Revised GRE® General Test Cancelled
Princeton, N.J. (April
2, 2007) —
ETS has cancelled plans to launch the revised
Graduate Record Examinations® (GRE®) General Test. The decision was
made in consultation with the Executive Committee of the GRE Board.
While ETS and the Board remain committed to improving the test, on
balance, GRE officials said they believe problems guaranteeing complete
access to the new Internet-based test outweighed the benefits of immediately
moving to the new format.
ETS originally planned to launch the revised GRE General Test worldwide
in September. Instead, the company will continue to offer the test worldwide
in its current computer-based, continuous testing format. Registrations in
India, China and Japan, which had been closed, will be reopened in the near
future to accommodate application deadlines. Likewise, registrations for the
current GRE General Test will continue elsewhere.
"The decision to cancel the revised GRE General Test best serves the
interests of test takers and the graduate institutions that use those scores
to make admissions decisions," says David Payne, Executive Director of the
GRE Program at ETS. "After much debate and evaluation, it became clear that
the current format offers students more convenient and flexible
opportunities to test when and where they choose, while still providing
score users with valid predictors of test takers' preparedness for graduate
The primary reason for cancelling the launch of the revised GRE General
Test was test taker access. Plans called for the revised test to be
delivered over the new worldwide network of 3,200 Internet-based testing
centers. Despite the network's size, ETS officials did not believe that full
access to the General Test for all students could be confidently assured.
"As the launch approached, ETS determined that, despite the aggressive
development of our Internet-based testing network, we could not guarantee
complete access to all students needing to take the exam" Payne explains.
"While the graduate community supports, and in fact helped develop and pilot
the revised GRE General Test, they have also stated that they are satisfied
with the current GRE General Test, until such time as improvements can be
gradually implemented. ETS is being responsive to their best interests."
ETS officials will work with the GRE Board to implement many of the
planned test content improvements in the future without the access issues
associated with changing to an entirely new test delivered over a brand new
Administering the GRE General Test in two testing sessions in The
People's Republic of China (including Hong Kong), The Republic of Korea and
Taiwan will also continue for the immediate future.