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   More frequent GRE set for Korea
   3987    2010-11-10
Source : Korea Herald

5 Nov 2010

A revised format of the Graduate Record Examinations, the most widely accepted set of tests adopted by graduate schools and taken by about 600,000 applicants, will be introduced in August, to the benefit of Korean students.

The test frequency, currently bi-annual in Korea, China and Taiwan, is to be increased to once or twice per month, according to the Educational Testing Service, the body in charge of the test.

Graduate school applicants in these three countries have so far had to travel to Japan in order to take the test in time for schools’ deadlines.

Under the new system, test takers will also be able to skip or resume specific questions and use an online calculator in the quantitative reasoning sector, said officials.

In the verbal reasoning section, they will be offered the questions first so they may highlight the text, based on the contents of the questions.

The application fee system has been integrated so that the applicants will no longer have to pay separately for each of the three sectors, officials said.

Those who take the test in August and September next year will also be offered a 50 percent discount in their application fee.

However, as the corresponding results will be available in mid-November, those who need their results in advance are recommended to apply to the present ETS system by next July, officials said.

“We have revised the GRE in order to evaluate more precisely the applicants’ actual skills and potentials,” said David Payne, vice president of ETS.

“The revised format will most of all be user-friendly and provide schools with in-depth information to judge the applicant in specific criteria.”

Further information on the new GRE and free practice tests may be found on the website (http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/know).

By Bae Hyun-jung (tellme@heraldm.com)

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