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ERIC Number: ED031249
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 10
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The General Aptitude Test Battery as a Predictor of Junior College Achievement.
Eberley, Robert E.
This study considered the predictive power of the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB) for the junior college student, for whom the traditional measures of ability may not be suitable. It was designed to see if the GATB would predict GPA for first-semester freshmen in transfer and in vocational programs. Three hypotheses were tested on 203 transfer and 88 vocational-technical students. Details of the sampling and data analysis are given. Two pertinent findings were: (1) certain aptitudes from the complete battery are fair predictors of academic success for freshmen entering a transfer program; (2) they are less successful predictors for the entering vocational-technical students. One implication is that, when two aptitudes are combined for the transfer student, a respectable predictive validity results. It is a useful counseling tool, especially as it takes less than 15 minutes to administer both subtests. Others should duplicate this research to find predictive validities of special use to their own colleges. Validities for the vocational-technical student were low; using an overall category to predict GPA's would not contribute to the accuracy of prediction for either group. Further research is needed for the technical student to isolate the more homogeneous career fields if the GATB is to be helpful to him. (HH)
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