Sex Differences in SAT Predictions of College Grades

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Lawrence J. Stricker
Nancy W. Burton
Donald A. Rock

This study examined the impact of gender differences in the nature of grades and other variables associated with academic performance and prediction of college grades by the SAT. This study of an entire freshman class at a large state university found women's GPA slightly underpredicted by the SAT. Adjusting the GPA for differences in grading standards for individual courses did not affect the underprediction, but controlling for gender differences in individual-difference variables concerned with academic preparation, studiousness, and attitudes about mathematics reduced or essentially eliminated it.

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