Session S25b (Monday, 2pm, Thomas 104)

P290: Predicting academic success of first semester general chemistry from standardized test scores and high school academic variables

Daniel Lewicki (The Sage Colleges, USA)

The author will discuss a method for combining standardized test scores and high school academic variables to predict students’ academic success in first semester general chemistry.  The Scholastic Aptitude Test (verbal, mathematics, and total) scores, State-level standardized chemistry and mathematics test scores, and academic achievement in high-school level chemistry were used for predicting overall percentage average and grade-point average (GPA) of a small cohort of freshmen at an all-women’s college in Northeastern United States.  The results of a multiple step-wise regression analysis revealed SAT scores and other variables for predicting academic success.  The results of different combinations of predictor variables upon academic success will be shared along with the implications of the method for advising students and devising academic intervention strategies for enhancing student success in general chemistry.

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