3) Describe why standardized tests such as the SAT and GRE are not strong predictors of
3) Describe why standardized tests such as the SAT and GRE are not strong predictors of grades in college or graduate school?
Answer: Many intervening variables influence grades besides standardized test scores.
Variables such as work ethic, achievement motivation, amount of time studying, quality of teaching, subject matter rigour, program rigour, and the reliability and validity of classroom tests and assessments used to calculate one's grade can all influence overall correlations between SATs and GPA for example. Given all the variables that could influence one's GPA, standardized tests should not be expected to do well in predicting GPAs over a four-year period. SATs, which focus on math and verbal skills, may be stronger predictors of GPAs for students taking math and English courses during their first year of college.
Question ID: Lil 2ce 9.5-3
Page Ref: 340-341
Topic: Psychomythology / College and University Admissions Tests: What Do They Measure?