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An Empirical Study of the Use and Interpretation of College Board Scores. Preliminary Report SAT

Allison, Roger B.; Helmstadter, Gerald C
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ETS Research Memorandum
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College Board, College Board Scores, College Entrance Examinations, Instructional Material Evaluation, Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), Scores


The purpose of this study was to evaluate the use and interpretation of College Board Scores as made by admissions and guidance officers. It was hoped that the study would lead to recommendations for revising College Board Scores in such a way that test users would make fewer mistakes. To this end, a specially-designed objective test was developed and administered to a group of admissions officers. Each item of the test contained a realistic problem which required the use and interpretation of College Board Scores. The test and a questionnaire on previous training and experience in statistics and counseling and on familiarity with College Board Scores were administered to 65 admissions officers attending the College Board Colloquium in October, 1954. Major attention was paid to analyzing the errors made and specific suggestions for revising and improving the text of College Board Scores are elaborated.

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