ERIC Number: ED349861
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May
Reference Count: N/A
Just What Does the ACT Assessment and ACT/COMP Measure Anyway? AIR 1992 Annual Forum Paper.
Phillippi, Raymond H.
A study was done of the relationship between the American College Testing (ACT) Assessment and the ACT/COMP (College Outcomes Measures Program) test and general intellectual ability of college students. The subjects for the study were 133 undergraduates, mostly freshmen, in Introductory Psychology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The subjects took the Multidimensional Aptitude Battery (MAB), a group-administered intelligence test patterned after the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale. Results of the MAB were compared through correlation analysis and five regression analyses with the students' ACT and ACT/COMP scores as retrieved from university records. Variables used included the ACT and ACT/COMP scores, the MAB total score, high school grade point average, and college grade point average (which was measured 2 years later at the end of the sophomore year). Results showed that the students' scores on the ACT and ACT/COMP exams correlate strongly with intelligence as measured by the MAB. The ACT/COMP exam had no relationship with high school grade point average. Intelligence was a strong predictor of ACT Assessment scores, and achievement, while significant, did not explain much of the variance in scores. Overall it appeared that both the ACT Assessment and the ACT/COMP are primarily measures of general intellectual ability rather than achievement. Included are 13 references. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: ACT Assessment; AIR Forum; College Outcome Measures Project; Multidimensional Aptitude Battery
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (32nd, Atlanta, GA, May 10-13, 1992).