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ERIC Number: ED272811
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Effective Methods for Increasing Scores on Standardized Tests.
Thomas, M. Carolyn
The hypothesis that a major cause of college students' low scores on standardized tests is underpreparedness was supported by data collected at Alabama State University where a freshman survey revealed that approximately 89% of the sample had not taken the college preparation program in high school. Four sessions of test-taking skills were provided for 35 students preparing for the Business Test of the Undergraduate Assessment Program. These students' test scores were compared with scores of students who had not attended the sessions. While the treatment group performed better than the control group, the results indicated a need for further research. Students seeking help to increase their ACT scores to 16 received a comprehensive program involving: (1) careful diagnosis of deficiencies; (2) recommendation of an individualized plan of action; (3) referrals to the appropriate courses and laboratories; (4) advisor and counselor evaluation conferences; and (5) test-taking training groups. Of the 23 students who completed the recommended remediation, over 90% achieved the 16 or greater score on the ACT. The method was judged to be effective. Test-taking training was found to be effective when combined with remediation in content and skills areas. The greatest problem in increasing test scores was found to be the unwillingness of students to take additional courses or to spend time in laboratories to increase preparedness. These findings suggest several recommendations for both high school and college personnel. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A