ERIC Number: ED315441
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
An Examination of the Relationships of Academic Coursework with Admissions Test Performance. College Board Report No. 89-6.
The redesigned Student Descriptive Questionnaire (SDQ) provides information about the number of years of study and types of courses in Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) examinees' academic backgrounds. This study used data from the 1987 National Sample Tape, which contains SDQ responses and score information from 100,000 seniors in the class of 1987. The analysis examined the relationships between both the Admissions Testing Program SAT and Achievement Test scores and the type and level of coursework in six academic areas. Data were adjusted to account for differences related to student academic achievement. Results indicate that coursework in disciplines of mathematics, natural science, and foreign languages has the strongest adjusted relationships with SAT mathematics scores. SAT verbal scores appear to be most strongly related to the number of years of foreign language coursework. Course relationships are strongest for students with high grade point averages and stronger for males than females. Analyses of Achievement Test data support these findings. Findings must be accepted with caution due to the exploratory nature of the research and the effects of self-selection of students in the various courses. Forty-six data tables and one figure are included. (TJH)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, College Bound Students, College Entrance Examinations, Courses, Educational Attainment, Educational Experience, Grade Point Average, High School Seniors, High Schools, Higher Education, Mathematics Tests, Predictor Variables, Scores, Secondary School Curriculum, Test Results, Verbal Tests
College Board Publications, P.O. Box 886, New York, NY 10101-0886 ($7.00).
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College Entrance Examination Board, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: SAT (College Admission Test); Student Descriptive Questionnaire