ERIC Number: ED077398
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Mar-20
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A Comparison of High Ability Under-Achievers with Low Ability Over-Achievers.
In this study the responses of 30 colleges seniors who over-achieved in terms of predicted grade point average (GPA), were compared with those made by 38 high ability under-achievers. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores and GPA's were compared with those for two groups of students performing as predicted. Over-achievers were found to be particularly dependent on the good opinion of others. Under-achievers prefer to do things in their own way, irrespective of what other people think, and are interested in a wide range of cultural, social and athletic activities. The under-achievers obtained a higher average GRE Area Test score than the over-achievers, their superiority being greatest in Natural Science. This is also the area in which they compared most favorably with the high-achievers. Implications for counseling and graduate school admissions are pointed out. (Author/HS)
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Authoring Institution: Delaware Univ., Newark. Div. of Academic Planning and Evaluation.