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Prediction of College Performance With the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator MBTI

Ross, John; Schiffman, Harold; Stricker, Lawrence J.
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ETS Research Bulletin
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Dropout Characteristics, Grade Prediction, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Personality Assessment, Personality Traits


This study, the last in a series by the present authors, investigated the ability of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a self-report inventory, to predict grades and dropout at Wesleyand and Caltech, both for classes and, using estimates, for Caltech applicants. Continuous scores derived from the Indicator's four scales had some ability to predict the criteria, and this ability varied with the criterion and the sample. A contingency measure that reflects the Indicator's interdependent, dichotomous type categories generally had greater predictive validity than the continuous scores, but its correlations may be inflated. Adding the Indicator's continuous scores to the SAT scales and high school rank produced a slight but significant improvement in prediction in the Wesleyan class and the Caltech applicant group, but not in the Caltech class.

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