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ERIC Number: ED250330
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The ACT Assessment: Implications of Recent Research.
O'Hearn, Mary
This review assesses the American College Test (ACT) Assessment and examines circumstances that can affect students' test outcomes. Understanding the ACT tests is important for using and interpreting test results appropriately. The ACT subtests incorporate both aptitude and achievement measures. The content scope and structure, and limitations of the English Usage Test, the Mathematics Usage Test, the Social Studies Reading Test, and the Natural Science Reading Test are described. Literature pertaining to the ACT validity as a predictor of student college outcomes is reviewed. Other student factors affecting test performance--such as test anxiety, test format, cognitive level, motivation, reading ability, and content familiarity--are described. A student/teacher packet developed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals to prepare students for the ACT is discussed. Combining test wiseness with instruction in test content can result in score increases. Stages for implementing an action oriented program for reversing test score decline are suggested. (BS)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: ACT Assessment; American College Testing Program