Higher Standardized Test Scores

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The study of philosophy tends to improve students' performance on standardized tests. Philosophical training enables students to perform exceptionally well on standardized tests, such as the GRE and the LSAT, which helps them to gain admission to the best programs of advanced study. Here are some statistics for the nation and also for Trinity itself.

LSAT Scores

Unfortunately, the statistics for national performance on the LSAT lumps philosophy students in with religion students. Nevertheless, the only students who score higher on the LSAT than philosophy/religion students are math/physics students (source: http://www.uic.edu/cba/cba-depts/economics/undergrad/table.htm). 

GRE Scores

Nationally, philosophy students perform better than all others on both the verbal and the analytical writing components of the GRE (source: http://liberalarts.iupui.edu/philosophy/). They rank 15th on the quantitative component of the GRE (just under 7 kinds of engineering, Math, Physics, Economics, Finance, and Chemistry students).

GMAT Scores

Philosophy majors across the nation even outperform on the GMAT, the gatekeeper for advanced programs in management.Philosophy majors scored higher than all other majors except physics, math, and engineering majors. For example, they outperform majors in all forms of Business and Marketing. They even out perform Management majors.*

Trinity Students' GRE Scores

Our own students have performed exceptionally well on the GRE.Here are statistics showing the average scores for the GRE over the last 5 years (source: Trinity University.) 

 

Quantitative

 Verbal 

Analytical Writing

Trinty Philosophy Students

691 

618

 5.2

Trinity Students

663

556 

 4.8

National Average

584 

462

 4.0

 * Source: Graduate Management Admission Council