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Prediction of Academic Success in Engineering Schools

Frederiksen, Norman O.
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ETS Research Bulletin
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Achievement Tests, Engineering Education, Grade Prediction, Predictive Validity


The results of the studies so far completed would seem to show that it is possible to predict engineering school grades from scores on suitable tests with an accuracy great enough to justify their use in admissions. Rank in high school class also has considerable predictive value which can be increased by more careful treatment of the data as in the case of Princeton's Converted School Grade. The proper combination of predictive measures through techniques of multiple correlation may be expected to increase the accuracy of prediction. The tests which seem generally to have the greatest predictive value are mathematical tests and achievement tests in physics and chemistry.

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