ERIC Number: ED204391
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Staff Report on the Federal Trade Commission Investigation of Coaching for Standardized Admission Tests.
Federal Trade Commission, Boston, MA.
Whether coaching for standardized admission tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is effective was investigated. The Bureau of Consumer Protection of the Federal Trade Commission evaluated the effectiveness of two commercial coaching schools that offered preparation courses for the SAT. The researchers concluded that one of the two schools raised its students' scores an average of approximately 25 points each on both verbal and mathematical sections of the test. Staff found that a number of other studies, some funded by the College Board (CB) which sponsors the SAT, has also shown that students could make significant gains on the SAT as a result of participating in a coaching program. Staff also reviewed the descriptive materials regarding the SAT which are provided to students and schools each year by Educational Testing Service and CB. Staff concluded that although the harsh criticism of the CB coaching that had been levied in the late sixties had been modified in more recent materials, even the 1979-80 materials did not appear to recognize the possibility of meaningful score gains through coaching. The CB has indicated its intention to revise descriptive materials in the future. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Federal Trade Commission, Boston, MA.
Identifiers: College Entrance Examination Board; Scholastic Aptitude Test