The Educational Testing Service has announced that it will cancel plans to introduce a revised Graduate Record Examination this fall.
ETS, the nonprofit organization that owns and administers the test, had already delayed its scheduled release for a year after encountering difficulties with the introduction of an online version of one of its other tests, the Test of English as a Foreign Language. In Europe, testing sites for that exam, known as the Toefl, had proved insufficient to handle the demand for the new version, and educators complained that the problems might be preventing many of their students from studying in the United States.
ETS officials cited similar access problems in the decision to cancel the new GRE. About 20 percent of the 500,000 graduate-school applicants who take the test each year are foreigners. The new test had been in development for several years. —Charles Huckabee