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Effectiveness of PSAT and SAT Booklets: I. Bulletin for Students, 1964 Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test PSAT SAT

Halpern, Gerald; Sasajima, Masu
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ETS Research Bulletin
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College Board, College Entrance Examinations, Instructional Material Evaluation, Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), Student Reaction, Study Guides, Test Wiseness


A questionnaire was developed and distributed to over 600 students in 19 different schools. The purpose of the questionnaire was to evaluate the effectiveness of the Bulletin for Students, 1964 Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test. Additional information was obtained on school practices in handling the Bulletin. The analyses of student responses indicate that the facts and concepts presented in the Bulletin are comprehensible, in general, to high school juniors. This is less true for students with relatively low PSAT scores. The most difficult concept for the students is the correction for guessing formula applied when scoring the PSAT. In general, students view the Bulletin very favorably.

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