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ERIC Number: ED013246
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Oct
Pages: 25
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Reference Count: 0
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A COMPARISON OF STUDENTS SCORING ABOVE THE EIGHTIETH PERCENTILE OR BELOW THE TWENTIETH PERCENTILE ON EITHER THE SCHOOL AND COLLEGE ABILITY TEST OR THE WATSON-GLASER TEST OF CRITICAL THINKING.
CURRY, JOHN
IN ORDER TO ESTABLISH THE FEASIBILITY OF A CUT-OFF SCORE FOR ENTRANCE INTO TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS AT NORTH TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY, SCORES OF 1,346 STUDENTS WHO EITHER PLACED ABOVE THE 80TH PERCENTILE (N-672) OR BELOW THE 20TH PERCENTILE (N-674) ON EITHER THE SCHOOL AND COLLEGE ABILITY TEST OR THE WATSON-GLASER TEST OF CRITICAL THINKING WERE COMPARED WITH THEIR ACADEMIC RECORDS. PARTICULAR EMPHASIS WAS PLACED ON THE SCORES OF THE 164 TEACHER EDUCATION MAJORS WHO WERE INCLUDED IN THE STUDY. IT WAS FOUND THAT (A) MATHEMATICS MAJORS PERFORMED BEST ON THE TESTS--58.62 PERCENT SCORING ABOVE THE 80TH PERCENTILE AND ONLY 1.72 PERCENT BELOW THE 20TH, (B) FEMALES SCORED BELOW MALES BUT MADE HIGHER GRADES IN EDUCATION AND HAD HIGHER OVERALL ACADEMIC AVERAGES, (C) ELEMENTARY EDUCATION STUDENTS MADE LOWER SCORES ON THE TWO TESTS THAN DID SECONDARY EDUCATION STUDENTS BUT EARNED HIGHER GRADES IN EDUCATION COURSES AND HAD HIGHER OVERALL ACADEMIC AVERAGES, (D) JUNIOR COLLEGE TRANSFEREES SCORED BELOW STUDENTS WHO TOOK ALL THEIR WORK AT NORTH TEXAS STATE AND ALSO HAD LOWER GRADES AND LOWER OVERALL ACADEMIC AVERAGES, (E) THERE WAS LITTLE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE SCORES MADE ON THE TESTS AND GRADES MADE IN THE STUDENT'S MAJOR. IT IS CONCLUDED THAT THE 20TH PERCENTILE ON EITHER TEST SHOULD NOT BE USED AS A CUT-OFF POINT SINCE THE GRADE POINT AVERAGE OF THOSE WHO SCORED BELOW THIS FIGURE ON THE SCAT WAS 1.66 AND 1.67 ON THE WATSON-GLASER. (AW)
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Authoring Institution: North Texas State Univ., Denton.
Identifiers: School and College Ability Tests; WATSON GLASER TEST OF CRITICAL THINKING