ERIC Number: ED354243
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jul-23
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The Scholastic Aptitude Test as a Predictor of Academic Success: A Literature Review.
Jenkins, Neil J.
The use of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) for predicting academic success has generated tremendous debate about fairness and bias. Despite discrepant observations and arguments, the need for a credible assessment formula remains strong. Although widely used by a large number of American colleges, the SAT and similar tests are not widely used for either evaluation of potential success or admissions screening by postsecondary institutions in Canada. Entrance requirements for Canadian postsecondary institutions are still frequently based on high school grade point average (GPA) and marks attained at other postsecondary institutions. This review of nine studies considers the predictive validity of the SAT for Canadian postsecondary institutions. It confirms that at best the SAT can be used as a supplement to high school GPA, and should only be used cautiously in predicting academic success. Perhaps other options that emphasize long-term achievement are worth examining. (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: SAT (College Admission Test)