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University entrance selection and age at admission
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science, Departement of Educational Measurement.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business and Economics (USBE), Economics.
2012 (English)Report (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper focuses on the predictive validity of the upper secondary grade point average (GPA), when used as selection instrument to higher education. The purpose of the paper is to find out if the predictive strength of the GPA is affected by time, here measured as the time that has passed between when the grades were received (graduation) and university entrance. The data includes approximately 5 900 students admitted to a Business administration or an Economics programme in a Swedish university between the years 1993 to 1996. The predictive validity is studied by correlating the GPA from upper secondary school for the students from each age group with their academic performance, measured by university credits. The results show that there is a weak positive correlation between grades and university credits, but that the predictive strenght decreases with time, to be insignificant about three years after upper secondary school completion. Implications are discussed.

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Uppsala, 2012. , 26 p.
, IFAU Working Paper Series, ISSN 1651-1166 ; 2012:21
Keyword [en]
admission, selection, prediction, higher education, validity
National Category
Educational Sciences
Research subject
didactics of educational measurement
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-86116OAI: diva2:697380
Available from: 2014-02-18 Created: 2014-02-18 Last updated: 2014-03-18Bibliographically approved

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