ERIC Number: ED032043
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Feb
Reference Count: 0
A Study of the Predictive Validity of the Washington Pre-College Test for Introductory Courses at Yakima Valley College.
Rice, Gary A.
This study's purposes were to determine the predictive validity of the Washington Pre-College Test (WPCT) for 16 introductory courses at Yakima Valley College, to demonstrate the importance of a coordinated program of institutional research, and to help the WPCT program gather more data on the students. The predictor intercorrelational table and the predictor criterion matrix both showed that a differential weighting favoring cumulative high school GPA's and verbal subtests could be used to predict academic behavior reasonably accurately. The specific GPA's were the best predictors; the quantitative skills were the least useful. Mechanical Reasoning, Spatial Ability, Reading Speed, Age, and Sex were unique variables. Multiple regression equations, coefficients of multiple correlation, and percentage of accountable variance by each contributing predictor variable were computed for each criterion area. The percentile tables showed females higher in all measured high school areas and verbal subtest scores, with males higher in quantitative measures. The total group table coincided with the male table; the college total table was almost identical with a junior college table, but different from an all-college table consisting mainly of 4-year students. The findings suggest the test battery is predicting student college performance reasonably well. A locally constructed battery could possibly increase the validity, but not enough to warrant the time and money spent. (HH)
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Sponsor: Washington Pre-College Testing Program, Seattle.
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Identifiers: Washington Precollege Testing Program