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ERIC Number: ED406390
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Pages: 80
Abstractor: N/A
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A Research Study To Determine the Effects of PSAT Verbal Skills Training on Secondary Students.
Reichenberger, Marcella
The primary focus of this experiment was to determine the effects of verbal skill training for the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) on secondary school students. The other concern was whether there was a correlation between class grades and PSAT scores. Finally, there was a determination as to whether there were any attitude changes about standardized testing after the intervention. The study sample was from two sophomore English classes at Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix (Arizona). There were 24 students in the experimental group and in the control group. The research instrument used for the pretest and posttest was a retired PSAT. The paired t-test resulted in a rejection of the primary null hypothesis, that PSAT verbal skills training would have no effect on students' test scores. Correlations between grades and PSAT scores were moderate to small, but none were significant at the 0.05 level. The last analysis was a paired t-test to see if attitudes changed. Results for both control and experimental groups show a level of significance 0.3558 larger than the 0.05 confidence level, supporting the null hypothesis. This study provides evidence that supports recommending PSAT verbal skills training to English teachers and school administrators. Four appendixes present the research proposal, instruments used in the study, and references. (Contains 7 graphs and 30 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test