The GRE Causes More Harm Than Good to Women of Color

How one test enforces unfair academic gatekeeping

GRE scores are sometimes used to unfairly limit academic attainment. Image: A brown-skinned woman sits at a computer and takes a test alongside others of varying races, Getty Images

Some time ago, a world-famous White male economist did something unprecedented: He shared his GRE scores publicly — scores that, in his words, would have resulted in him being screened out by the top programs that now swear by his textbooks and resources today. (In the field of economics, the…