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ERIC Number: EJ962512
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0734-6670
Gender Inequities in University Admission due to the Differential Validity of the SAT
Nankervis, Bryan
Journal of College Admission, n213 p24-30 Fall 2011
Males have significantly higher average scores than females on the SAT I quantitative section, which is designed to predict first-year college success in mathematics. However, it has been shown that gender gaps in performance on the SAT I have little to do with college readiness; rather they are due to the misaligned content of the instrument, as well as the environment in which the exam is administered. A statistical analysis of selected university admission criteria reveals specific examples of gender inequity that result from the differential validity of the SAT. This study informs research on access to postsecondary education and has far-reaching implications for the design and administration of standardized mathematics tests utilized in the admission process at many universities. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: SAT (College Admission Test)