The NY Times has a story this morning on E.T.S‘ decision to revamp the GRE, making it 4 HOURS LONG and attempting to prevent cheating while testing "higher level cognitive skills." First off, *thank god* I’m done with standardized tests, at least ones that are gateways to the success or failure of my chosen path. Secondly, 4 HOURS LONG. Ouch. Third, the attempt to test higher level cognitive skills is noble and all, and may indeed give graduate schools a better picture of a student’s ability, but given that NCLB has all but forced the k – 12 school system to abandon the type of teaching that would result in students gaining higher level cognitive skills, I have to wonder where E.T.S. thinks those skills are going to come from in the first place. Seems like a mismatch, to say the least – and one that echos the growing gap between what students are learning in school and the expectations of colleges and universities.