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ERIC Number: ED397069
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 13
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Effect of American College Testing (ACT) Coaching Courses on American College Testing Scores.
Rainey, Anthony
Whether preparation classes for the American College Testing (ACT) assessment actually raise student scores was studied with middle-class, private-school high school juniors and seniors of various ethnic backgrounds. The 1990-1991 test results for 30 students who had taken an ACT coaching course were compared with those of 30 students who had not. Findings are tabulated in terms of averages. The difference in mean scores was not statistically significant, suggesting no significant change for students who attended the coaching course and supporting the null hypothesis. However, care must be taken in generalizing from this study. It was true that students on the lower achievement level were more likely to gain one or two points after taking an ACT coaching course. It is theorized that students at the higher levels of achievement had already learned test-taking skills. It is also noted that an ACT coaching course might have positive effects on student attitudes that could translate into better test performance. (Contains 1 table and 13 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers: ACT Assessment; American College Testing Program