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LSU Alexandria to administer GRE for trial program

Released: 02/17/2005

LSU Alexandria is looking for volunteers to take the Graduate Record Exam, better known as the GRE, for a trial study.

Volunteers will not be scored on the exam, which is used by universities to admit students into their graduate programs. However, each volunteer will be paid $35 and get to see which questions they got right and wrong, said Robin Arnold, LSU Alexandria testing coordinator.

The goal is for LSU Alexandria to become a permanent testing site for the GRE, Arnold said. Currently, students must travel to other cities in Louisiana to take the computer-based GRE.

“Ultimately if we show that we can pull the numbers we are looking for, we hope to have the computer-based GRE in the future,” Arnold said.

The trial study is open to anyone who has a bachelor’s degree or who is in their final two years of college. Graduate students also are welcome.

There is no age requirement. Arnold said she is hoping to find 130 volunteers from throughout the community.

The exam will be administered between March 16 and May 6. Each volunteer chosen for the pilot program will work with Arnold to determine a convenient time to take the exam. The test lasts 2.5 hours.

To register for the exam, contact Arnold at 318-427-4492 or rarnold@lsua.edu.