GRE Offers Cynical, Expensive Partial Disclosure Plan

University Testing

In an effort they imply complies with the spirit of "Truth in Testing," the Graduate Record Examination Board and Educational Testing Service are allowing Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test candidates to review items they answered incorrectly on the computer-based test.


The service costs $50 -- more than half as much as registering for the GRE General Test itself in the U.S. -- and will only be available for exams administered during eight designated weeks. Students will have to review the material at computer-based testing centers and, presumably, will not be able to take notes.


Not only is the fee outrageously high -- SAT registrants can order a written report of all scored items on their exams for only $10 -- but it does not make test questions and answers available for public inspection. The key disclosure provisions of New York's landmark "Truth in Testing" statute encourage review of university admissions exams by independent experts, academics and the media, not just test-takers.


FairTest will continue to work with New York public officials to see that the state's law is fully enforced.