Opinion | Psychology graduate programs shouldn’t require the GREs – UI The Daily Iowan

The GRE is a poor predictor of success and causes too much stress.

All psychology graduate programs need to stop wasting students’ time and money by dropping standardized test requirements.

The University of Iowa Department of Psychological and Brain Science is not requiring or allowing applicants to submit the Graduate Record Examination, or GRE, as of fall 2020.  Considering the lack of evidence to show the GRE predicts success in graduate school and the stress it causes, this sets a good precedent for other schools.

The GRE consists of three sections — analytical writing, verbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning. It measures algebra, arithmetic, data analysis, and college-level vocabulary.

According to Manhattan Review, the GRE has been used as a standardized measure of all students.

A research study examined how GRE scores correlated with aspects of success in graduate school, such as first and second-year grades, professors’ ratings of students’ dissertations, and professors’ ratings of students’ analytical, creative, practical, research, and teaching abilities. The only aspects the GRE was found to be correlated with were first-year grades and analytical skills for males.

Another research study found that while most schools require the GRE because they believe it is a strong predictor of success in graduate school, scores were not found to be strong predictors of GPA after completing graduate school.

Mark Blumberg, chair of the UI department of psychological and brain science, said the psychology department stopped requiring test scores because of the GRE being