GRE/MAT Policy Change
As of August 11, 2017, neither the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) nor Miller Analogies Test is required for admission to Mercer University’s Master of Arts in Teaching programs. We understand that you may have questions about this change and what it means for you. Below, we have addressed a few frequently asked questions. Feel free to call or email us if you think of more or would like to speak to a counselor regarding your application or enrollment status.
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Why have standardized admissions tests (the GRE and the Miller Analogies Test) been removed from the admissions requirements for the Master of Arts in Teaching programs?
The faculty of the Tift College of Education’s Admissions Standards Committee researched the value of the GRE and the Miller Analogies Test in predicting graduate students’ success compared to the whole of the admissions requirements by Mercer University and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. The findings conclude that these standardized tests correlate poorly to predicting the success and completion of Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) students.
Because M.A.T. applicants are held to a higher standard of admission (in undergraduate GPA, a required GACE for Program Admissions exam, and an initial Ethics assessment), the risk of test bias for diverse candidates, and the cost, the faculty voted on Friday, August 11 to eliminate the GRE and the Miller Analogies Test as admissions requirements for the Master of Arts in Teaching programs.
If I am applying to the M.A.T. program, or have submitted but not completed my application, what does this mean to me?
M.A.T. applications should be submitted without the GRE or Miller Analogies Test for future terms.
Current M.A.T. applicants for Fall 2017 are being contacted by the Office of Graduate Admissions to alert all who are eligible following the August 11 decision by faculty.
If not the GRE or Miller Analogies, what factors are used to evaluate M.A.T. applicants for admission?
We believe Georgia’s best potential teacher corps should be assessed by more than standardized tests. In the holistic admissions review, M.A.T. applicants are evaluated for potential graduate school performance, future teaching success, and other measures, which may include:
- Previous GPA (undergraduate and graduate are considered, if applicable)
- Previous academic preparation: degree and rigor of major coursework
- Recency of collegiate study
- Informal interviews with faculty and staff
Has the M.A.T. lowered its admissions standards or expectations for initial teaching certification graduate students?
No. Mercer University has, as it teaches all its students to do, considered new data, new teacher preparation conditions, and new public education requirements to ensure its initial teaching certification graduate programs are not focused disproportionately on standardized test scores. The M.A.T. admissions standards may continue to evolve, however, focusing on the data indicators most closely correlated to future success is believed to benefit students of Mercer and public pre-school through 12th grade students of Georgia.