Predict student performance
Inform your admission decisions with an ACES™ Admission Validity Study, a customized report that predicts how students will perform. An Admission Validity Study:
- Identifies which measures best predict a student's future performance
- Establishes the best combination of predictors
- Evaluates differences in predicting the success of specific groups of students
- Documents the likely extent of errors
Free, customized reports
The results of an Admission Validity Study are presented in a single, customized report with easy-to-read tables and graphs and interpretive text. To learn more about this type of study, the most commonly used variables, and the data analyses used to produce them, take a look at this sample report. (.pdf/1.1M) Requires Adobe Reader (latest version recommended).
Admission Validity Studies are a free service to accredited institutions to validate the use of the SAT for admission, so take advantage of this opportunity by following three simple steps:
- Request a study and customize it using our online form.
- Submit your data directly and securely over the Internet.
- Retrieve your report when you receive an email telling you it's ready.
Using variables to predict performance
Variables typically used as predictors in an Admission Validity Study include high school grade point average (HSGPA) or high school rank, and SAT™ scores. You choose additional variables based on what you believe will be the best indicators of academic success at your institution.
Additional predictors may include:
- SAT Subject Tests™ scores
- Years of study in a particular subject area
- Scores on tests developed by your institution
Admission Validity Studies employ univariate analyses for individual predictors and multivariate analyses that include regression analyses used to obtain predictor weights. These weights can be used to predict how a student will perform in a given class. Analyses are adjusted for restriction of range due to the selectivity of students at your institution.
In addition, when course grades are submitted, bivariate and multivariate statistics are adjusted to take into account course-taking patterns of students. Additional information about statistical procedures used by ACES is available on request.
Shape your optimal incoming class
Other than Internet access, the only requirement to receive an ACES Admission Validity Study is a valid email address. Depending on the complexity of the study, studies are typically completed 25 to 35 business days after complete data is received.
Request your free study today, and let the College Board help you admit students who will thrive at your institution.