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ERIC Number: ED403556
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
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Correlation between Students' Placement Scores on Acorn Book Multiple-Choice Tests and Passing Rate on the AP Language Examinations.
Ammeraal, Brenda
A study examined the correlation between students' placement test scores on a multiple-choice test and their passing rate on the Advanced Placement (AP) language exam. Statistics show that the number of students taking advanced placement tests is increasing, and a review of the literature supports the need for further research in the area of predictive student selection criteria. It is hypothesized that there will be a correlation between placement test scores based on the first 50 questions in the 1991 Acorn multiple-choice test and passing rate on the 1992, 1995, and 1996 AP language and composition examinations. Sample for this study consisted of 73 students primarily from middle to high economic neighborhoods who attended Marist High School, a Catholic boys' school located on Chicago's far southwest side. Results indicated that the Acorn multiple-choice scores can be used as predictors of student success on the AP tests. The higher the score on the pretest, the more likely it is that a student will pass the AP exam. Although the Acorn multiple-choice scores worked well as indicators of probability of success on the AP tests, as might be expected, they were not a predictor of final grades on the test. The Acorn scores can predict general success but not actual grades. (Contains 3 tables of data and 13 references.) (TB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois (Chicago)