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Does Testing Serve a Purpose in Holistic Application Review? with ETS

Jul 19th, 2018

During this complimentary webinar, David G. Payne, Vice President and COO of the Global Education Division at ETS, will share a sampling of promising graduate admissions practices that aim to address the hurdles that prevent graduate institutions from implementing a truly holistic application process. Some of these practices were developed from ETS research of existing challenges and practices and curated based on these experiences, and some practices were shared with ETS by deans and faculty at institutions that are successfully using them now.The practices discussed can help nurture a more efficient and fruitful admissions process and support program diversity.

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn about recent ETS research on graduate admissions practices and appropriate GRE score use.
  • Discover promising practices in areas like goal setting, increasing understanding among stakeholders and application review.
  • Consider new ideas and options, and learn about new resources, whether your graduate institution already has a holistic review process, or is yet to embark on this journey.


David PayneDavid heads the GRE® and TOEFL® programs, as well as higher education assessments such as the ETS® Major Field TestsETS® Proficiency Profile and the SuccessNavigator® assessment.

He also led efforts to create the comprehensive HEIghten® assessment suite for general education student learning outcomes.

Payne works closely with the GRE and TOEFL Boards; undergraduate and graduate education organizations; and colleges, universities and public education systems. He also helps identify assessment needs in the higher education and professional markets — both domestic and international — and develop external relationships.

Payne earned the Distinguished Service Award from the Council for Opportunity in Education/Council of Graduate Schools Joint McNair Committee for his efforts to assist low-income, first-generation and underrepresented minority students interested in graduate education.

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