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Atkinson, Richard C.; Geiser, Saul – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2009
Standardized testing for college admissions has grown exponentially since the first administration of the old "College Boards" in 1901. This paper surveys major developments since then: the introduction of the "Scholastic Aptitude Test" in 1926, designed to tap students' general analytic ability; E.F. Lindquist's creation of…
Descriptors: Advanced Placement, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Testing
Geiser, Saul – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2008
A University of California faculty committee, the Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools (BOARS), has recommended eliminating achievement tests and requiring only the "New SAT" for admission to the UC system. The proposal to endorse the New SAT has thus far drawn relatively little notice, as it is part of a broader and more…
Descriptors: Low Income, Testing, Academic Achievement, High School Graduates
Geiser, Saul – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2008
Summarizing a decade of research at the University of California, this paper concludes that admissions criteria that tap student mastery of curriculum content, such as high-school grades and performance on achievement tests, are stronger predictors of success in college and are fairer to poor and minority applicants than tests of general reasoning…
Descriptors: College Admission, Criteria, Mastery Learning, Grades (Scholastic)