ERIC Number: ED163087
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The "Test Chooser": A Different Approach to a Prediction Weighting Scheme. GRE Board Professional Report GREB No. 70-2P.
Rock, Donald A.
First-year graduate students were asked to respond to a biographical questionnaire which emphasized motivational variables in addition to the usual demographic variables. It was hypothesized that the students could select from a group of ability measures the one best indicator of how well they would do in graduate school. To test this hypothesis the sample was divided into parts, those who felt tests were the best indicator of success (test choosers) and those who felt that some other means of assessment was the best for them (non-test choosers). Within-group regressions were then computed and compared using path analysis techniques. The obtained empirical least squares weighting system gave support to the possibility that graduate students could identify those predictors which would yield minimum errors of prediction for them. Indications of the importance of motivational measures as predictors for "non-test choosers" were suggested. The Experimental Biographical Questionnaire for Graduate Students and statistical data for the 56 items are appended. (Author/ROF)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Aptitude Tests, Biographical Inventories, College Entrance Examinations, Demography, Grade Point Average, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Predictive Measurement, Predictor Variables, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Motivation, Success, Weighted Scores
Graduate Record Examinations, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey 08541 (free while supplies last)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers: Graduate Record Examinations