ERIC Number: ED283539
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Various Admission Tests for Use in the Placement of Entry-Level Students at Florence-Darlington Technical College.
Grulick, Lawrence Edward
In fall 1986, a study was conducted at Florence-Darlington Technical College (South Carolina) to measure the reliability and validity of the TEC-MAT, a newly developed entrance test. The TEC-MAT instrument, a criterion-referenced test consisting of 100 items assessing numerical skills, was field tested among a group of entry-level freshmen already accepted into the program. The study sought to determine if there were any significant correlations between the TEC-MAT and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), the Career Planning Program (CPP) test, and the Test of Adult Basic Education; to measure the content validity and objectivity of the TEC-MAT; and to evaluate whether the TEC-MAT test was correlated with measured student success. Out of 980 entering freshmen, 291 students volunteered for the study. Participant results on the TEC-MAT were compared with their scores on the traditional entrance tests and correlated with first-quarter grade point averages (GPAs) and mathematics course grades. A sub-group of students were retested on the TEC-MAT the following week to measure test reliability. Study findings included the following: (1) the test-retest correlation was found to be moderately high for 101 observed pairs; (2) four mathematics instructors, who evaluated the TEC-MAT for content validity, reported that the test showed little difference from the Modular Analysis of Learning Difficulties test; (3) objectivity, which was measured in terms of item difficulty and item discrimination, was found to be fairly high; and (4) correlations with GPA indicated that the TEC-MAT was as predictive of student success as the SAT-MATH portion and the CPP test. (PAA)
Descriptors: Achievement, College Entrance Examinations, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Criterion Referenced Tests, Educational Testing, Mathematics Skills, Mathematics Tests, Predictive Validity, Standardized Tests, Student Placement, Technical Education, Test Construction, Test Reliability, Test Results, Test Validity, Testing Problems, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Support Staff; Practitioners
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Note: Master's Thesis, University of South Carolina.