ETS announced last week that it is cancelling plans to introduce a web-based version of the GRE, set to be implemented in September 2007. In its announcement ETS says that it was not sure it could ensure adequate international access to the test.
Inside Higher Ed in ETS Aborts New GRE provided additional insight, or speculation, as to both ETS’ motivation and the impact of its decision. Among the effects of the change:
- The test will remain a computer-based test and not become an Internet-based test.
- The test’s length was to have grown from 2 hours and 45 minutes to 4 hours and 20 minutes, with the additions coming in the verbal and quantitative sections; now he timing will remain unchanged.
- Antonyms and analogies were to have been history, but they will now stay.
- ETS will not add, as planned, additional reading comprehension passages using a greater variety.
- ETS planned to add more data interpretation to the quantitative section and take away some geometry, but that won’t happen now.
Some of these changes may be implemented in the future.
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