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ERIC Number: ED017577
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964-Nov
Pages: 1
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LIMITATIONS OF ADMISSIONS TESTING FOR THE DISADVANTAGED.
BROWN, WALTER M.; RUSSELL, ROGER D.
THE USE OF STANDARD ADMISSIONS TESTS HAS OFTEN BEEN CALLED DISCRIMINATORY TOWARDS DISADVANTAGED YOUTHS. TO EXAMINE THE VALIDITY OF THESE COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS, THE AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EDUCATION (ACE) TEST SCORES OF 66 HONOR GRADUATES AT NORTH CAROLINA COLLEGE BETWEEN 1954 AND 1959 WERE EXAMINED. IT WAS FOUND THAT 58 OF THEM WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ADMITTED IF THE COLLEGE HAD HAD AN ACE CUTOFF POINT SET AT THE 50TH PERCENTILE. THE HONOR STUDENTS WERE ALSO ASKED WHAT FACTORS INFLUENCED THEIR SUCCESSFUL COLLEGE PERFORMANCE, AND THEIR RESPONSES INCLUDED PERSONAL DISCIPLINE, STUDY HABITS, THE INFLUENCE OF PARENTS, TEACHERS, AND COUNSELORS, AND, MOST IMPORTANT, THE DETERMINATION TO OVERCOME ODDS IMPOSED BY LIMITED EDUCATIONAL AND VOCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES. THESE FINDINGS IMPLY THAT THERE IS NO ADEQUATE SUBSTITUTE FOR BECOMING THOROUGHLY ACQUAINTED WITH THE ASSETS OF EACH COLLEGE APPLICANT EVEN WHEN THERE ARE DISCREPANCIES BETWEEN ACADEMIC RECORDS AND STANDARD TEST SCORES. THIS ARTICLE IS A LETTER PUBLISHED IN "PERSONNEL AND GUIDANCE JOURNAL," VOLUME 43, NUMBER 3, P.301-304, NOVEMBER 1964. (DK)
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Identifiers: AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EDUCATION; NORTH CAROLINA COLLEGE