Significance of the Study: Predictive Power of High School GPA and Admission Test Scores on College Academic Performance

Significance of the Study: Predictive Power of High School GPA and Admission Test Scores on College Academic Performance

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Significance of the Study
The findings of this study can be valuable in three ways. First, they may guide admissions personnel and decision makers at the ministry of higher education and scientific research in identifying whether high school GPA and admission test scores help in predicting academic performance of students attending higher education institutions. This study might also help them in the development of future admission plans and student retention programs at Yemeni universities and colleges, resulting in changing the admissions policies all together. Further, the results of this study can help high school counselors at the ministry of education assist with college transition needs of their graduating students, by being able to better identify potential at-risk students.
Second, the findings might guide the educational stakeholders in Yemen to review the testing policy as well as the quality for high school assessments and the college admission tests. Third, this study will bridge a research gap in the study of academic performance of students attending Yemeni colleges and thus serves as a motivation for future research to be conducted in this area or in the psychometric area.

Definition of Terms
For the purpose of this study, a glossary of commonly used terms and concepts is necessary:
High school GPA: a high school GPA is calculated based on the total weighted scores obtained from the examination’s results of all subjects studied at the twelfth grade only.
Admission Test: A test used to assess the students’ readiness for admission into a graduate institution.
Academic performance: It refers to how well a student performs in academic knowledge and skills which is reflected by cumulative grade point average (G...


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CHAPTER II
Introduction
This chapter consists of three major areas. First, general information about Yemen. an overview of Yemeni education system before and after the unification is introduced to provide a background about the study environment as well as to help interpret and discuss the results of the study appropriately. Second, high school GPA and admission test scores are discussed as related to how they are used in admission decisions. Third, a review of related literature of the predictive studies for admission criteria to postsecondary institutions is presented. Gender and geographical disparities ………….. . For the purpose of this study, a brief description of the education system of public schools is presented.

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