ERIC Number: ED308232
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of a Kit To Prepare Hispanic Students for the PSAT/NMSQT. College Board Report No. 89-1.
Pennock-Roman, Maria; And Others
A collaborative effort by the College Board, Educational Testing Service, and Hispanic Higher Education Coalition resulted in a test-familiarization pilot kit--"Preparing for PSAT/NMSQT for Hispanic High School Students." The kit contains practice tests for the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), 22 lesson plans that cover test-taking skills, and a review of selected mathematics and English grammar concepts. This report provides some information concerning the reactions of 127 high school students and eight counselors and teachers to a pilot version of the kit. Sixty-six of the students were Hispanic, and 85 were female. Focus was on obtaining, via questionnaires, the perceptions of the extent to which the kit was helpful. In addition to describing the kit and its use in a number of school districts over the past year, two key questions are addressed; these questions involve the effectiveness of the kit in increasing student confidence and reducing test anxiety and the effect of the kit on the likelihood of students taking the two tests. The project did not constitute a rigorous experimental evaluation of how the kit affected student attitudes or posttreatment test scores. Most targeted school districts were in California, where the Tanner Act provided funding for demonstration sites to help disadvantaged students become more familiar with college admissions tests. It was not possible to separate the effects of the kit from the effects of other preparatory activities. The Teacher/Counselor Questionnaire and the Student Questionnaire are appended. (TJH)
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Disadvantaged Youth, High School Students, Hispanic American Students, Instructional Effectiveness, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Study Guides, Teacher Attitudes, Test Coaching
College Board Publications, Box 886, New York, NY 10101 ($7.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College Entrance Examination Board, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test; Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test