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    Hello everyone!

    An analysis published last week on nature.com has spurred a lot of editorials including this one today from Inside Higher Ed. The nature.com analysis argued the GRE is too influential in graduate admission decisions and it’s not nearly as predictive of academic success than “grit.” It reiterates previously mentioned GRE complaints about how women and minorities tend to score lower on the quantitative section and how some admissions committees use GRE scores as cut offs even though the GRE specifically advises schools not to use its scores in this way.

    So what do you think? Do you think grit can be measured in some fair, objective way? Do you believe high-scoring GRE test takers would benefit just as much from the bridge programs the authors are involved with?

    Best of luck with your applications!


    David Petersam
    AdmissionsConsultants, Inc.


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    Would def like to see what happens if high achieving non minority applicants had the benefit of that same bridge program.

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