ERIC Number: ED252571
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Limitations of SAT Math Scores in Predicting College Math Performance.
Gougeon, Deborah J.
This study was designed to determine if the decline evidenced in the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores for mathematics is a true reflection of a decrease in students' mathematical ability, or is a result of the inadequacy of the test in measuring students' mathematical abilities. The data consisted of SAT mathematics test scores as well as the total mathematics grades of each student over the four-year college experience. The study suggested that SAT math scores are not a good predictor of college performance. The SAT mathematics test scores are often used erroneously as exclusive measurements of individual, or institutional, quality. A more valid procedure for understanding college achievement by the utilization of previous achievement measures for purposes of selection, placement, and guidance needs to be developed. There is also a need for methods to measure personality traits and abilities not measured by nationally normed tests. Other methods of improving the predictability factor of nationally normed tests are also recommended. (DWH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Scholastic Aptitude Test
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (13th, New Orleans, LA, November 14-16, 1984).