Gender and the GRE


Both GRE and SAT have been well shown to underpredict the performance of females in college and university. That is, females of the same scholastic abilities as males score lower than males well beyond chance on these tests. Studies of the predictability of graduate school grades from GRE scores reveal that women who have been out of school for a while are underpredicted for grad school success by their GRE scores. Such findings have been annoying data that the test maker underplays.
One theory of why this happens is that good risk-taking ability is an asset on the test and this ability is often fostered more in males than females in our society. (Mark Wahl’s Prep course shows participants how to develop and tap into a risk-taking mentality.)
Another theory about the small score deficit for females in general is that the GRE is a more male-temperament test. What’s that? Studies show that statistically males value thinking speed and black-and-whiteness of answer choices in an evaluation setting more than females do. The GRE just happens to be tightly timed and functions regularly on a “one answer is completely right and the other four are completely wrong” assumption — exactly the male-friendly attributes. This means that many females feel less in their familiarity and comfort zones with this strictly-timed, black-and-white-toned GRE and correspondingly score a bit lower than their male counterparts regardless of equivalent scholastic background.
The approaches and strategies in Mark Wahl’s course help females cut through the time-speed, risk-taking, and black-and-white aspects of the GRE. This of course is helpful to many males also and it must be said, while focusing on the female challenges, that males in general have their own challenges also. For instance, they discover that their often more linear approaches falter on decoys and traps planted for linear thinkers in the math part of the test. Another example is that males may wrongly visualize a stricter cause-and-effect relationship between their score and their acceptance to grad school, amplifying their test anxiety and hurting their scores.
Apart from these statistical gender considerations it can be generally said that the approaches to the test Mark Wahl takes are a boon to both genders; all widely feel that Mark’s trainings speak to their unique psychological makeup.