ERIC Number: EJ711906
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar-1
Reference Count: 7
Predicting Success for Actuarial Students in Undergraduate Mathematics Courses
Smith, Richard Manning; Schumacher, Phyllis A.
College Student Journal, v39 n1 p165 Mar 2005
A study of undergraduate actuarial graduates found that math SAT scores, verbal SAT scores, percentile rank in high school graduating class, and percentage score on a college mathematics placement exam had some relevance to forecasting the students' grade point averages in their major. For both males and females, percentile rank in high school class and math placement percentage were included in the best regression model. Verbal SAT score was significant for males and math SAT score was significant for females. For both males and females, a student's calculus average was found to be the single best predictor of a student's post-calculus grade point average. For males, high school percentile class rank is nearly as significant. The results are expected to improve the ability of teachers to advise prospective and beginning actuarial students as to their likelihood of success in this concentration.
Descriptors: Scores, Gender Differences, Predictor Variables, Undergraduate Students, Mathematics Education, Finance Occupations, Grade Point Average, College Mathematics, Calculus, College Entrance Examinations
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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