View Full Version : Have GRE lost its verbal purposes for non English people ?

09-17-2003, 12:16 AM

I just wondering, what is the real purpose behind the verbal test ?
For non english speakers, do you really think it gets its purpose ?
For me, which is not native English speakers, i think it's more vocabulary
problem rather than measuring my verbal skill.
Is there any statistics that support my opinion here ? Do native English speakers have a better verbal score rather then non native English Speakers ?
How about the universities itself ? do these universities aware of this problem ?
I don't know with you guys, could you share your thinking here ?


09-17-2003, 12:26 AM
Yes, ETS is aware of the problem--the various tests do not measure your skills the same way they do for native speakers.

But part of the problem is that ETS cannot make equivalent tests in ALL the various languages that people speak on this great planet of ours.

And of course, most universities are aware of the problem and therefore expect a bit less of non-native speakers.

Hang in there! :D

09-28-2003, 05:47 PM
I think the verbal test can only probe :
1. vocabulary
2. logically thinking