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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

Willis N. Potter


There has been much concern as to the validity of the Graduate Record Examination in determining the ability of a student to do effective graduate work. Some hold that the Profile score is a necessary index of a person’s ability to do graduate work, while others believe there is no close relationship between the two There is also a feeling that students who have been out of school for many years are at a disadvantage when taking the Graduate Record Examination Profile Tests, and that some departments prepare their students better for the tests.

The lack of agreement as stated above led to the following problems: (1) What relationship is there between a student’s grade-point average and this total score on the Graduate Record Examination Profile Tests?; (2) What apparent variations are there between the scores of men and women; the scores of students majoring in the departments of education, history, literature, fine arts, psychology, and science; and the number of years since receiving the A.B. in relation to the scores obtained on Graduate Record Examination Profile Tests?



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