Graduate student selection: graduate record examination, socioeconomic status, and undergraduate grade point average as predictors of study success in a western European University

I. Schwager*, U.R. Hülsheger, B. Bridgeman, Jonas Lang

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Graduate students' mobility has increased within Europe. Yet, empirical evidence on the validity of standardized admission tests in Europe is still scarce. The aim of the present study was therefore to investigate the incremental validity of the GRE (R) revised general test above undergraduate grade point average (U-GPA) by focusing on a multinational sample of master students (N=282) enrolled at a Dutch university. Results indicated that the Analytical Writing part of the GRE predicts graduate grade point average above and beyond U-GPA. Furthermore, the results suggest that the relationship is independent of students' socioeconomic status as indexed by parental education. Implications for graduate student selection in a European context are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-79
JournalInternational Journal of Selection and Assessment
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

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