I understand that the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is an admissions requirement for graduate schools in the United States.

What does "record" mean here? Why is it not Graduate Admissions Examinations?

  • Perhaps to distinguish it from many other admission tests and examinations set by individual graduate schools. – Weather Vane Jul 19 '19 at 13:52
  • The truth is, I don't really know, and I can't seem to easily find any information on the original reasoning. The test was originally adopted only among a handful of Ivy League schools, and the administrators of the test possibly thought it a good way to record the status of certain graduates as ready for more advanced work. I'm sure it made sense at the time -- but now it's just what the test is called. – Andrew Jul 19 '19 at 14:04
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    Neither Wikipedia, the Kaplan site, nor the Educational Testing Site appear to address the question. As @Andrew notes, we don't seem to have any information available from when it was initially designed. – Edward Barnard Aug 30 '19 at 19:31

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