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Universitas Psychologica

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CORTES FLORES, Aída  and  PALOMAR LEVER, Joaquina. The Process of Admission as a Means of Predicting Academic Performance in Higher Education. Univ. Psychol. [online]. 2008, vol.7, n.1, pp.199-215. ISSN 1657-9267.

The objective of this investigation was to find out the predictive validity of the admission process regarding academic performance during the first year towards a degree in a private university in Mexico City. The grades derived from the National Examination for Admission into Higher Education (EXANI II), the general average grades from Senior High school and the points obtained through a questionnaire on social problems (DIT) were considered as variables for predicting performance. Two hundred and forty male and female students, registered in Psychology, took part in this investigation. Their average age was 20 years old. The results showed that the highest grades obtained in the EXANI II were in the areas of numeric and verbal reasoning followed by Spanish. Likewise, it was found that the number of points obtained in the EXANI II, the average high school grades and the students’ moral development made it possible to predict academic performance for the first year of their career.

Keywords : Predictive validity; academic performance; admission process; Validity of Tests; Academic achievement; College Admission Test.

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