Research in Higher Education

, Volume 25, Issue 1, pp 55–67

Sex differences in quantitative and analytical GRE performance: An exploratory study

  • Corinna A. Ethington
  • Lee M. Wolfle


The exploratory data analysis method of median polishing was used in this study to examine patterns of differences in male and female performance on the Graduate Record Examination quantitative and analytical tests. Consistent with results of previous studies using a younger cohort of students, males were found overall to outperform females on the quantitative measure but not on the analytical measure. However, this pattern was found not to be consistent across all undergraduate majors. Women in the engineering and physical science majors were found to perform higher on both measures than would be expected.


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© Agathon Press, Inc. 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Corinna A. Ethington
    • 1
  • Lee M. Wolfle
    • 2
  1. 1.College of EducationUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicago
  2. 2.Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityUSA

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