The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) is “the world’s most widely used admissions test for graduate & professional school.” Tests like the GRE can be helpful indicators of students’ academic skill. Find my peer-reviewed work on academic math-verbal tilt here.

Jonathan Wai, Harrison Kell, and I analyze test scores of 1.6 million U.S. GRE test takers between 2015 and 2020. We find Physical Science test-takers to have the steepest Quantitative tilt and Humanities & Arts test-takers to have the steepest Verbal tilt. Further, Physical Science test-takers exhibit the highest levels of academic skill, while Education test-takers exhibit the lowest levels of academic skill.

Our research on academic tilt was covered by influential journalists and scholars including Matty Yglesias and Stefan Schubert.

Selected publications on the GRE.

Wai, J., Lee, M. H., & Kell, H. J. Distributions of academic math-verbal tilt and overall academic skill of students specializing in different fields: A study of 1.6 million graduate record examination test takers.

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