Working Paper Series, Department of Economics, Uppsala University
Do university entrance exams predict academic achievement?
Abstract: The study examines which factors predict academic
performance at university and compares the predictive values of
subject-related entrance exams and indicators of past school performance.
The results show that in the fields of engineering and social sciences
entrance exams predict both graduation and the number of study credits
better than past performance. In education past school performance is a
better predictor of graduation. Changing the admission rule to school
grades would affect the average student performance negatively in
engineering and social sciences but positively in education. Using only
entrance exams would not significantly change the average performance in
Keywords: University admission decisions; entrance exams; academic achievement; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: I21; (follow links to similar papers)
38 pages, October 19, 2004
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