A Mid-April MBA and College Admission News Round Up

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  • Advanced Placement examinations are becoming more and more popular among high school students. According to a recent Inside Higher Ed article, 25% of high school grads take at least one AP test. Top private universities now expect their applicants to have a few APs on their transcripts. A new study soon to be released by Harvard Education Press, however, reveals that the AP examinations may not be as valuable as most students and adcoms believe. A major criticism is that low-income high schools are scraping the bottom of the barrel in order to offer AP programs, rather than spending that money on improving already existing (and more important) programs. On the other hand, the tests do offer students with a chance to get ahead on their college courses, ultimately saving money.
  • The GRE seems to be hitting all sorts of records recently. A recent ETS press release reports record-breaking GRE growth rates in Europe. European test volume increased 15% in the last year, marking the highest yearly increase ever for Europe. Another record-breaker: More test scores were sent to European institutions this year than in any other year. One reason for such an increase in GRE tests is the simultaneous increase in the number of business schools accepting the GRE in addition to the traditional GMAT exam. According to David Payne, VP and COO at ETS, "In this economy especially, the flexibility to use one test for admission to both graduate and business programmes is great for students who want to ensure that they have options. It's a huge benefit to them."

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