ERIC Number: ED090838
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-May
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of the Educational Benefits of Proficiency Testing for Students. Research Report No. 354.
Gillmore, Gerald M.; And Others
While granting college credit by examination seems to be increasing in popularity, few educational researchers seem to be assessing the effect of proficiency credit on student educational variables. For this purpose, the transcripts of 349 students who had graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign during the academic year 1970-1971 were examined. The following are among the more important findings: (1) Students who gain proficiency credit tend to graduate with more total credit hours, although with fewer credit hours in enrolled courses than those who graduate with proficiency credit. (2) Students who gain proficiency credit graduate with more credit hours earned by completing upper-division courses than other graduates. (3) Students with proficiency credit also tended to graduate sooner than others. (4) Students with proficiency credit graduated with higher grade-point averages than those with no proficiency credit. (5) The relationship between proficiency credit and GPA was stronger within 100 level courses than within 200 and 300 level courses. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Office of Instructional Resources.