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ERIC Number: ED141515
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
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Development of An Instrument for Grouping Students Who Are Preparing for the General Educational Development (GED) Test.
Cervero, Ronald
A study was conducted to develop an instrument which would require a relatively short time to complete and would predict an adult's probable performance on a five-part General Educational Development (GED) test. It was believed that the cloze procedure (a measure of reading comprehension in which every fifth word is deleted from a reading passage and replaced by a blank line) might be useful in the development of a predictive instrument. A cloze test, which took about 30 minutes to complete and consisted of a 250-word passage written at the 10th grade level, was developed and administered to 148 subjects upon their completion of the GED. Results indicated a significant positive relationship between the cloze test scores and all of the five GED sub-test scores and the total GED test scores. The cloze test was most highly related to, in descending order, the grammar, literary, social studies, natural science, and mathematics sub-tests. To determine the cloze test's predictive validity, another investigation was conducted on 461 students preparing for the GED exam. The direct cloze test-GED relationship was upheld, but it was concluded that other factors, such as sex and race, also affect GED performance. The original study was replicated on 110 people with similar significant relationships demonstrated. (References and a copy of the cloze test used in the study are included.) (LMS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests