Reveral Brings GRE Back To Institute for DecemberBy Daniel C. Stevenson
Editor in Chief
In a reversal of an earlier decision, the Graduate Record Exam will continue to be offered at MIT, thanks to the efforts of Ida G. Faber, staff assistant for student programs in the Undergraduate Academic Affairs Office.
The Educational Testing Services, which prepares and grades the graduate school entrance examination, eliminated the MIT site for the first time in several years after it was unable to replace Daniel T. Engelhardt, an administrator in the Registrar's Office who retired after administering the test for the past 10 years ["GRENo Longer Offered at MIT;Simmons, Suffolk Nearest Options,"Sept. 22].
"I imagine that both ETS and MIT are equally pleased by the news of their renewed partnership," said Faber, who stepped in to administer the test after reading about its cancellation in The Tech.
The MIT site will accommodate about 300 students on each of the two remaining test dates for this school year, Dec. 9 and April 13. The action came too late for MIT to serve as a test center for the Oct. 14 exam.
"I think that many people, like me, who read the story were dismayed by the news,"she said. "Not having MIT as a test center location would have proven a great inconvenience for MIT students as well as for other area students."
Faber began looking into resurrecting the test last Friday and finalized arrangements with ETS Wednesday.
Students can select the MIT site although it is not listed as a possible location in the GREbulletin. Those interested in testing atMIT should choose site 12655, Faber said.
"Because other students in Boston and Cambridge are not privy to the news of MIT's reopening, MIT students, in effect, will get first dibs,"Faber said.
At ETS's request, Faber will act as MIT test center administrator for at least one year, she said.
For the hundreds of MIT juniors and seniors taking the GREs, the closest test site would have been Simmons College and Suffolk University.
"From what I understand, even before MIT was withdrawn as a test site, Boston could not accommodate all the would-be test-takers in the area,"Faber said.