Wednesday, January 18, 2012

ACT College Admission Test

Question: Which sub-tests of the ACT are predictive of college performance?

Answer: Analyzes the predictive validity of each of the four sub tests of the ACT exams across different
samples related to success in college. Finds that while the English and math sub tests are highly
predictive, the science and reading provide little or no predictive validity. Suggests the need to
focus on the English and math sub tests in making admissions decisions rather than the science
or reading sub tests.

Bettinger, E. P., Evans, B. J., & Pope, D. G. (2011). Improving college performance and retention
the easy way: Unpacking the ACT exam. National Bureau of Economics Research Working Paper
No. 17119. Retrieved June 21, 2011, from

Comment: I’m of the school that the student’s academic record is basic to future success in college. I would also expect math and English sub-test scores to be predictive. RayS.

Title:  “Annotated Bibliography of Research in the Teaching of English.” Richard Beach, et al. Research in the Teaching of English (November 2011), Internet.

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