ERIC Number: ED024348
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Nov
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Biographic Survey Responses of Graduating College Seniors.
Lunneborg, Patricia W.
A group of 126 University of Washington seniors, consisting of 59 women and 67 men, voluntarily retook their precollege aptitude test battery to complete an experimental "College Graduate Survey." The entrance test performance is assumed to be the intellectual level of university freshmen who progress at a normal rate and graduate in 4 years. In studying this group, an attempt was made to predict achievement criteria by evaluating the effectiveness of precollege variables such as educational orientation and experiences, religious background, parents' education, and views on marriage. Other variables considered were academic standing, significant relationships with other students, postgraduate career or study plans, and perception of the university. A comparison of precollege test scores and high school grades in predicting college GPAs and other educational achievement criteria taken from the "College Graduate Survey" revealed that mathematics was the best high school GPA predictor, and that quantitative test predictors had a greater utility than verbal tests. It was also found that high school grades are better predictors of college grades than other achievement criteria used in the Survey. The study concluded that nonverbal reasoning ability was the largest overall contributor to college achievement. (HM)
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Sponsor: Washington Univ., Seattle. Graduate School.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle. Bureau of Testing.