Using ACT Assessment Scores to Set Benchmarks for College Readiness

To better predict high school graduate preparedness for college course taking, the authors use Hierarchical Linear Modeling (HLM) to analyze ACT English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science test scores to discern the utility of these scores as predictors of success or failure in first year college students taking typical freshman year courses. They found that although the test scores are useful predictors of success in first-year college courses, ACT scores above the cutoffs do not guarantee success. The authors conclude that the scores to can be used to determine the academic areas in which students are ready for college coursework and the areas in which they need more work.

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ACT, Inc.
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