ERIC Number: ED251481
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Profiles of Prospective Humanities Majors: 1975-1983. A Study of Students Taking the College Board Scholastic Aptitude Test and the Graduate Record Examinations Final Report; Revised Edition; Supplement I [and] Supplement II.
This study analyzed existing Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores and selected student background variables to answer the following seven questions about students planning to major in the humanitiess and related social sciences: (1) Have SAT and GRE scores for these students declined? (2) In what ways have prospective humanities students changed in recent years? (3) Are these changes similar for both sexes and all ethnic groups? (4) Are test score patterns and background characteristics different for different areas of the humanities? (5) Of those intending graduate work in the humanities, what proportion were humanities majors, and how do their GRE scores compare with those majoring in other fields? (6) What proportion of humanities undergraduate majors intended to pursue humanities graduate study, and how do their GRE scores compare with those entering other graduate fields? (7) Do change patterns in academic characteristics parallel changes observed in other characteristics? The SAT files used covered all years from 1975 to 1983 (except 1976), and the GRE files contained data from 1976-1983 (excluding 1979). The analyses consisted of frequencies, percentages, and means for each year's data. Supplements contain tables of results. (BS)
Descriptors: Academic Ability, College Entrance Examinations, College Students, Ethnic Groups, Graduate Study, High School Seniors, Higher Education, Humanities, Majors (Students), Scores, Secondary Education, Sex Differences, Social Sciences, Statistical Analysis, Student Characteristics, Student Educational Objectives, Test Results
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.
Identifiers: Graduate Record Examinations; Scholastic Aptitude Test; Test Score Decline