The pandemic put a spotlight on equity—or a lack of it—and now might be a good time to reevaluate entrance exams like the GRE, which moved to an online exam.

4 reasons why eliminating the GRE might benefit students


The pandemic put a spotlight on equity—or a lack of it—and now might be a good time to reevaluate entrance exams

Last year in 2020, we saw many graduate programs waive their GRE requirements after the test moved online. The Educational Testing Service (ETS), which offers the GRE, revamped the test so that students can take it safely at home after the in-person test centers were closed.

However, many educators were concerned about the equity of the online version of the test. Many advocated that the online version of the test can be a disadvantage for prospective students, especially for low-income and minority students, because the test requires students to have access to a computer and a stable internet connection. This was a problem not only for domestic students, but also for international students.

As of now, we will be going into a new admissions cycle. Many universities and educators are asking if they should continue waiving the GRE or if they should require the test again once students are able to take the test in-person.

While many individuals see value in assessing the GRE scores in that it creates a baseline standard in evaluating all applicants, here are some reasons why getting rid of college exams, such as the GRE, might be beneficial for students.

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