Published Online: July 12, 2011
Published in Print: July 13, 2011, as ACT Scores

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"Improving College Performance and Retention the Easy Way: Unpacking the ACT Exam"

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The validity of the ACT in predicting college success has come under scrutiny in a paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

The study, led by Stanford University economist Eric P. Bettinger, suggests that two of the four subtests of the ACT, in English and mathematics, are highly predictive of positive college outcomes while the other two, in science and reading, provide little or no additional predictive power.

Officials at the ACT, based in Iowa City, Iowa, maintain the test is supported by decades of research.

The papers authors contend that the predictive validity of standardized tests is relevant to policy and social welfare since undermatching can place good students in support systems that will not help them graduate from college.

Vol. 30, Issue 36, Pages 4-5

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