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ERIC Number: ED563090
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
Understanding What SAT Reasoning Test™ Scores Add to High School Grades: A Straightforward Approach. Research Report No. 2004-4
Bridgeman, Brent; Pollack, Judy; Burton, Nancy
College Entrance Examination Board
Although a number of large-scale studies have demonstrated an increase in predictive validity when SAT® scores are added to high school grades, this increment is often described in terms of a seemingly very small increase in explained variance. This may have led to the erroneous belief among test critics and others that students with low SAT scores would perform, on average, almost as well in college as students with high SAT scores. Using a sample of 41 colleges, the current study shows substantial differences in the percent of students who succeed (defined by a 2.5 or 3.5 college grade point average [CGPA] at the end of one year or four years in college) by SAT score level, even when intensity of the high school curriculum and high school grades are taken into account. Tables are appended.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: College Entrance Examination Board
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: SAT (College Admission Test)