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How Not to Pick a Physicist?

Science  01 Nov 1996:
Vol. 274, Issue 5288, pp. 710-712
DOI: 10.1126/science.274.5288.710


Standardized tests are under fire again—this time from physicists who say their field's graduate-school exam, the physics Graduate Record Examination, overlooks real physics talent and worsens the field's gender disparity. A small but increasingly vocal minority is arguing that the test's rigid, multiple-choice format should be modified or the test should be dropped entirely as a criterion for entry into graduate school.