ERIC Number: ED223677
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Estimating the Effects of Various Methods of Preparing for the SAT.
Powers, Donald E.
A national sample of Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) candidates was surveyed to determine the ways in which they had prepared for the examination. Candidates' SAT scores were retrieved from test files, along with selected background information that included rank in high school class and scores on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), which most students had taken about 8 months before they took the SAT. Exploratory analyses of the effects of combinations of methods of preparation showed that various methods may interact in complex ways with other methods and with some student traits. Furthermore, self-selection may not be uniform across levels of ability and previous achievement and may depend on the candidates' selection of other methods of preparation. It is suggested that independent study (of either English or mathematics, or of test preparation books and test familiarization materials) may have an impact on test scores that is possibly as great as the effect of less-widely-available modes of preparation. It is also suggested that motivation may be a potentially important self-selection factor in quasi-experimental studies of special preparation. (Author/PN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.; College Entrance Examination Board, New York, NY.
Identifiers: Scholastic Aptitude Test; Test Repeaters