According to Kaplan Test Prep’s 2011 survey of graduate school admissions officers at 123 top programs across the United States, even as the new GRE launches this summer, many graduate school programs are still getting up to speed on what it’s all about and how they will use it to evaluate applicants. To view a press release with a summary of the survey results, click here. For more complete results in PDF format, click here: KTP Grad School Survey 2011. Below are some key findings:
How well informed to you think your program is about the new GRE’s changes in content, scoring and format?
Somewhat informed: 48%
Very informed: 22%
Not too informed: 21%
Not at all informed: 9%
Is there an admissions advantage if an applicant submits a score from one versionof the GRE intead of the other?
There is no advantage: 83%
There is an advantage to submitting a score from the old GRE: 12%
There is an advantage to submitting a score from the new GRE: 5%
For the current application cycle, compared to the previous cycle, has the amount of financial aid your school has been able to provide students…
Increased somewhat: 66%
Decreased somewhat: 28%
Decreased significantly: 5%
Increased significantly: 2%
How common is it for you to discover an applicant has been dishonest on his/her application?
Not at all common: 87%
Not very common: 7%
Somewhat common: 5%
Very common: 1%
Do you think it’s appropriate or inappropriate for applicants to reach out to admissions officers via social media?
Are you permitted to visits applicants’ social networking pages like Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter to help you make an admissions decision/learn more about them?