Ability, attainment and affluence – relationships between the SAT, A levels and student characteristics

Ability, attainment and affluence – relationships between the SAT, A levels and student characteristics

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Ability, attainment and affluence – relationships between the SAT, A levels and student characteristics

In a longitudinal study to examine the validity of the SAT®, for use in admissions to higher education in the UK, relationships between SAT®, score, UK national examination results (“,A levels”,) and background characteristics were analysed.Using an affluence measure derived from students’, survey responses, it was found that SAT®, scores on two components (Critical Reading and Writing) tended to be higher for affluent students compared to less affluent students with similar A level and GCSE results. The level of entry points of students’, HE courses were related to factors at both the individual student level and the school level. The former were primarily their attainment at A level and GCSE, but also factors such as ethnicity and affluence. The SAT®, may offer some incremental information to aid the selection of HE candidates over and above that provided by performance at both GCSE and A level, and there is some evidence that SAT®, score may be a more important predictor for students in schools which do less well at GCSE.

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