How the GRE is used for graduate admissions in communication
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This study attempts to survey how graduate programs in communication use the GRE for admissions. Knowledge of the perceived importance of the GRE as an admissions tool, both by itself, and when compared with other admissions factors such as undergraduate GPA and letters of recommendation will be useful in determining how the GRE is being used. The study invited 160 U.S. communication departments to participate in an online survey that consisted of 12 questions relating to the respondents thoughts on the GRE as a diagnostic tool. Seventy-eight representatives from the departments responded, and 83% reported that the GRE was used in admissions decisions, while 57% of the respondents said that the GRE has limited diagnostic and predictive capability. Participants estimated the average total GRE score admitted to their communication program to be 1110 out of 1600 possible points The data also indicated that 80.8% of the respondents reported the GRE to be less than or equal to undergraduate GPA in importance in admissions decisions, while the GRE was considered more than or equal to the importance of letters of recommendation in graduale admissions, according to 50 of 73 respondents. Fifty-three percent of the respondents claimed that the GRE was at least somewhat important to admissions decisions, while most (almost 90%) found the GRE useful to some degree.