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Another Strike Against the Physics GRE

27 Nov 2020, 17:01 UTC
Another Strike Against the Physics GRE
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Title: The Physics GRE does not help applicants “stand out”Authors: Nicholas T. Young and Marcos D. CaballeroFirst author’s institution: Department of Physics and Astronomy & Department of Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering, Michigan State University Status: Open access on arXivIf you’re talking about diversity, equity, and inclusion in a U.S. physics and astronomy program, chances are the Physics Graduate Record Exam (a.k.a. the Physics GRE or “PGRE”) will come up. The Physics GRE is a standardized test that has been used for over 35 years to showcase to graduate admissions committees how much fundamental physics an undergraduate knows. However, it usually fails in the endeavor to show off an undergrad’s ability to do physics. For the past few years, removing Physics GRE (PGRE) requirements for admission to graduate school has been a point of contention in many university physics departments. The American Astronomical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers, and the American Physical Society’s Bridge Program have all issued recommendations to limit the use of GREs in admissions, and many studies have looked into the effectiveness and bias of these standardized exams. There was also recently an Astro2020 white paper calling for astronomy programs to eliminate both the subject-specific ...

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