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Prediction of First Year Grades in the Cooper Union School of Engineering

Educational Testing Service
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ETS Research Bulletin
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Cooper Union, Engineering Education, Grade Prediction


This study was undertaken in order to determine the interrelationships of first-year engineering school grades, College Board tests, Harrower-Erickson Multiple-Choice Rorschach test scores, and other predictive measures used in the admissions procedure. The sample studied was 111 freshmen at the Cooper Union School of Engineering. The results suggest that the College Board tests and High School Average can best be combined by using the following weights: High School Average--3; SAT-Math--2; Spatial Relations--1; Chemistry--1; and Physics--2. It would probably be desirable also to include SAT-Verbal score with a weight of 1 or 2, although it had a small negative beta weight in the multiple correlation with First-Year Average Grade. Other conclusions are: 1) The Final Rating Composite appears to reflect achievement as measured by grades, but shows lower correlations with predictors; 2) Rank on Interview and Rorschach scores do not contribute significantly to the prediction of First-Year Average Grade. (JGL)

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