In Testing Service Describes GRE’s New Measure of ‘Noncognitive’ Qualities, The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that as of July 2009, the GRE will reflect a more holistic view of the test-taker. Traditionally seen as a test that examines one’s cognitive abilities exclusively, the new “Personal Potential Index” section will rate an applicant’s qualities on a five-point scale on the following qualities:
- Knowledge and creativity.
- Communication skills.
- Capacity for teamwork.
- Planning and organizational skills.
- Ethics and integrity.
The new section will allow students to have people who know them rank them in these areas. The index is designed to complement letters of recommendation. However David G. Payne, associate vice president for college and graduate programs, says that “Unlike letters of recommendation, where it’s a subjective decision about what to include, this will tell them what they need to cover.”
Michael J. Sullivan, director of Arizona State University’s Project 1000 believes that the PPI will increase equality in the evaluation of applicants. “I have great hopes for this…For many years we’ve needed a way to quantify nonacademic success.”