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ERIC Number: ED029606
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 39
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A Study of the Influence of Age on Predictability of Graduate Record Examinations Aptitude Tests for Successful Graduate Students.
Lafferty, Gladys E.
The purposes of the study were to determine the influence of age on academic achievement, to investigage meaningful relationships between Graduate Record Examination (GRE) aptitude test scores and graduate grade point ratios (GPR), and to evaluate the student sample in terms of national norms. The assumption underlying the study was that significant differences in the predictability of GRE aptitude test scores would result as a direct function of age. The sample consisted of 393 students who had received master's degrees during 1966 and 1967, in 18 different areas of specialization. Findings revealed that the assumption underlying the study could not be substantiated. For the group as a whole, no significant differences in means of GRE total aptitude test scores or in mean graduate GPRs were found. The oldest group had a lowest GRE scores, showed a tendency to earn slightly lower quantitative ability scores than the younger students, but earned the highest graduate GPRs. For education students, GRE total scores were found to predict graduate GPRs better for those 30 years of age and above than for those in their twenties. Age had little correlation with GRE scores for the men, but it was associated with both GRE scores and GPRs for the women. The men and women in the sample exceeded the 1964-1967 national norms for their sexes in all instances, except for male performance in verbal ability. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: South Carolina Univ., Columbia. School of Education.