The Tech - Online EditionMIT's oldest and largest
newspaper & the first
newspaper published
on the web
Boston Weather: 52.0°F | A Few Clouds

GRE No Longer Offered at MIT; Simmons, Suffolk Nearest Options

By James M. Wahl

This fall, for the first time in several years, the Graduate Record Examination will not be offered on MIT's campus.

The Educational Testing Service which prepares and grades the graduate school entrance examination, eliminated the MIT site after it was unable to replace Registrar's Office Administrator Daniel T. Engelhardt, who retired after administering the test for the past 10 years.

For hundreds of MIT juniors and seniors taking the GREs, the closest test sites are now Simmons College and Suffolk University. Both are about 15 to 20 minutes from MIT. These locations, however, fill quickly and students should register for the test as soon as possible, an ETSrepresentative said.

The ETS, working with the Registrar's Office and the Graduate School, is still looking for any MIT staff member interested in administering the tests. "The only thing that is holding it [MIT's testing site] up is finding someone to take it on," said Registrar David S. Wiley '61. The Institute may be able to offer the test on the last available date this fall if someone is found in time.

Some students critical

Many students criticize MIT for not being a GRE test site, and feel that MIT has an obligation to make the GREs convenient for students to take, especially when the tests are in high demand.

"It seriously surprises me. It bums me out," said Jeffrey D. Chapman '96, who took a computerized version of the GRE last spring and is considering taking the test again this fall. "You'd think that with all the students MIT has going to grad school, they could at least offer the test at MIT."

"I really don't see why [ETS and MIT] are having problems finding another administrator," John J. Rusnak, Jr. '97 said, adding that perhaps MIT should offer additional incentives, beyond what the ETS pays, to the test administrator.

But not all students are disgruntled. "For me, it's not that big of a deal," said Keith E. Whalen '96, who is planning on taking the GRE in October. "Perhaps if I didn't get a spot, I'd be angry, but I don't mind going to Simmons."

Computerized GRE

Some students said they were going to bypass the traditional GRE testing centers altogether and take a computerized version of the test known as the GRE Computer-Based Test, or CBT, offered by Sylvan Technology Research at it's testing center near South Station in Boston.

Although the computerized version of the test costs more, there are advantages. In addition to the flexibility of time - the test is offered year-round several times a week, three weeks per month - students receive their test results much sooner than the four to six weeks it takes for traditional test takers to get their scores by mail.