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The Prediction of College Achievement from the Scholastic Aptitude Test and the High School Record

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Authors
Weitzman, R.A.
Subjects
Predictive Validity
Selection
Incremental Validity
Aptitude Tests
Scholastic Aptitude Test
Part Correlation
College Grading Standards
Advisors
Date of Issue
1981-02
Date
February 1981
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
Language
Abstract
Attempting to take a nonadversarial approach to the dispute of Slack and Porter with Jackson over the predictive validities of the Scholastic Aptitude Test and the high school record, this report examines both the effect of the selection process on these validities and what these validities might be if all colleges were to use a common standard of academic achievement. The results indicate that for this criterion the Scholastic Aptitude Test may have a predictive validity of .62 and an incremental validity over the high school record of .17 and for the usual criterion the selection process may have a profound effect on the relative predictive validities of the Scholastic Aptitude Test and the high school record. The conclusion thus reached is that the Scholastic Aptitude Test is, as intended by its developers, a valid instrument of selection.
Type
Technical Report
Description
Series/Report No
Department
Administrative Sciences
Organization
Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
Identifiers
NPS Report Number
NPS-54-81-001
Sponsors
Funder
Format
24 p.
Citation
Distribution Statement
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
Rights
This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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