Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Meta-analysis of the predictive validity of Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and American College Testing (ACT) scores for college GPA
by Curabay, Muhammet, M.A., University of Denver, 2016, 49; 10242126
Abstract (Summary)

The college admission systems of the United States require the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and American College Testing (ACT) examinations. Although, some resources suggest that SAT and ACT scores give some meaningful information about academic success, others disagree. The objective of this study was to determine whether there is significant predictive validity of SAT and ACT exams for college success. This study examined the effectiveness of SAT and ACT scores for predicting college students’ first year GPA scores with a meta-analytic approach. Most of the studies were retrieved from Academic Search Complete and ERIC databases, published between 1990 and 2016. In total, 60 effect sizes were obtained from 48 studies. The average correlation between test score and college GPA was 0.36 (95% confidence interval: .32, .39) using a random effects model. There was a significant positive relationship between exam score and college success. Moderators examined were publication status and exam type with no effect found for publication status. A significant effect of exam type was found, with a slightly higher average correlation for SAT compared to ACT score and college GPA. No publication bias was found in the study.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Olmos, Antonio, Green, Kathy
Commitee: Green, Kathy, Olmos, Antonio, Ramke, Bin
School: University of Denver
Department: Quantitative Research Methods
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational tests & measurements
Keywords: American college testing, College GPA, Correlation, Meta-analysis, Predictive validity, Scholastic Aptitude Test
Publication Number: 10242126
ISBN: 978-1-369-45369-0
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