ERIC Number: ED356252
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
The Validity of the SAT as a Predictor of Grade Point Average for Nontraditional College Students.
Moffatt, Gregory K.
This study of 570 (309 men and 261 women aged 16 to 60 years) undergraduate students in a small, regionally accredited, Southern church-related college was conducted to determine whether or not the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is a valid predictor of academic success for students who entered college late in life (after age 30 years). Data collected on this sample included semester-to-semester grade point average (GPA), cumulative GPA, gender, race, number of semesters enrolled, full-time student or part-time student status, cumulative SAT scores, and mathematics and verbal SAT scores. Of the sample, 501 were Caucasian and 45 were African American. It is concluded that the SAT is a valid predictor of academic success for Caucasian students under age 30 years, and that it is not a valid predictor of academic success for students who took the SAT after age 30 years. The SAT was not found to be a valid predictor of GPA for Black students regardless of age. Six tables present study data. (Contains 41 references.) (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adult Students, Age Differences, Black Students, College Entrance Examinations, Comparative Testing, Grade Point Average, Higher Education, Nontraditional Students, Predictive Validity, Racial Differences, Scores, Sex Differences, Test Validity, Undergraduate Students, White Students
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: SAT (College Admission Test)