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ERIC Number: ED031173
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jun
Pages: 11
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What Do the CLEP General Examinations Measure?
Beanblossom, Gary F.
Factor analysis was used to test the hypothesis that College Level Examination Program (CLEP) General Examinations, when administered to students who have completed 2 years of college, do not measure anything different from that measured by the traditional battery of pre-college aptitude examinations. The CLEP examinations were taken in the fall of 1968 by 333 University of Washington juniors, all but 2 of whom had previously taken the Washington Pre-College Test (WPC). Three CLEP scores (in the areas of social science-history, natural science, and humanities) and 11 WPC scores were intercorrelated and factor analyzed --using a computer program described by Kaiser in 1959-- to reveal whether CLEP scores increase the factorial complexity of the WPC battery. Study results revealed that while the CLEP General Examinations are valid indicators of educational achievement, they do not measure anything uniquely different from that measured by the WPC battery and should be used with caution for evaluating liberal arts curricula. Students who score well on pre-college tests may achieve better in the liberal arts areas covered by the CLEP examinations, since they may be more intellectually curious and highly motivated. However, the CLEP natural science examination scores for this sample of juniors is just as predictable as scores for vocabulary or reading comprehension tests taken 3 years earlier. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle. Bureau of Testing.