Table 1B: Preliminary Analytical Writing Interpretive Data Used on Score Reports

(Based on the performance of examinees who tested between October 1, 2002, and February 28, 2003) Score Levels 6 5.5 5 4.5 4 3.5 3 2.5 2 1.5 1 0.5 0 Number of Examinees Mean Standard Deviation Percentage of Examinees Scoring Lower than Analytical Writing Score Levels 95 84 67 47 28 14 6 2 1 0 0 0 0

213,284 4.28

0.95

Table 1B above contains a preliminary analytical writing score distribution. The data are based ONLY on examinees who tested between October 2002 and February 2003 where 57% are women and 39% are men. It is likely the examinees on whom the percentiles were calculated scored higher on the analytical writing section than will be true of the entire GRE population because: ● examinees who cannot produce good analytical writing essays may have tested before analytical writing was added to the General Test, and/or ● examinees who do produce good analytical writing essays may have wanted to test between October and February to show their proficiency in this area on their applications. One major difference in the October 2002 – February 2003 test-taking population is illustrated in the following chart, which shows that for the October 2002 – February 2003 time period, U.S. citizens whose primary language is English represent about 68% of the test takers, whereas in a more typical year, they represent only about 58% of the test takers.

Test-taker groups

October 2001– February 2002

October 2002– February 2003

U.S. citizens whose primary language is English All other test takers

58% 42%

68% 32%

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