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Fellowship Record Examination

Swineford, Frances
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ETS Research Bulletin
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Aptitude Tests, Fellowship Record Examination, Fellowships, National Research Council (NRC), Test Analysis


The Fellowship Record Examination was administered in February 1949 to 409 applicants for and 172 holders of National Research Council fellowships, a total of 581 cases. The examination consists of two sections--a morning section which was taken by all the individuals and an afternoon section consisting of a number of subject-matter options one or two of which were taken by each testee. The first part of the present report is concerned with only the morning section, a five-part test of general ability, and deals with only the applicant group. It is a routine test analysis. The second part of the report is based on the afternoon tests but is not in the form of a test analysis as was the first part. It is seen that for every group except the biology majors the mathematical aptitude section (V) bears the highest relationship to the achievement score. The verbal sections have the highest correlations with the biology score. The mathematics major group has the lowest correlations between the figure classification and figure matrices sections and the special field score. The seven groups vary significantly within each of the general ability subtests. Those who selected biology as their major and those who selected chemistry as their minor appear definitely inferior to the remaining groups in all the general ability subtests. Those who took the mathematics and the physics options obtained the highest scores. Mean scores on the chemistry, mathematics, and physics subject- matter tests clearly show that scores made by applicants who indicated a given field as their minor are not at all comparable with scores made by those who indicated the same field as their major.

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