#### Document Type

Report

#### Publication Date

6-1-1991

#### Abstract

Introduction The sample of students whose records were analyzed in the Math Placement Test study published by the Office of Institutional Assessment and Testing earlier this month contained very few students who had taken the Basic Algebra level of the placement test. Therefore, another sample of students was drawn to in order to investigate the relationship of Basic Algebra Test scores to final mathematics course grade and to predict the probability a student has of passing (receiving a grade of c- or better) Math 102 or Math 151 depending upon the score he or she earned on the Basic Algebra Test. Relationship of Basic Algebra Test Score to Course Grade and Other Predictors of Academic Achievement The sample consisted of 287 Western Washington University students who had taken the Basic Algebra Test and enrolled in a mathematics course at Western. Scores on the Basic Algebra Test ranged from a low of 5 to a high of 45, with an average score of 23.34. The majority of these students enrolled in Math 102 (259 out of 287 or 90.2 percent). Another 25 students enrolled in Math 151 {8.7 percent). One student enrolled in Math 103 and two enrolled in Math 197. Students who took the Basic Algebra Test had WPCT-Q scores ranging from 28 to 69, with an average score of 44.59. The SAT-M scores of these students ranged from 280 to 610, with an average of 419. Both WPCT-Q and SAT-M were moderately positively correlated with the Basic Algebra Test. The relationship between a student's Basic Algebra Test score and his or her WPCT-Q score was = .49. The relationship between a student's Basic Algebra Test score and his or her SAT-M was = .55. High school grade point averages of students who took the Basic Algebra Test ranged from 2.12 to 3.70, with an average high school GPA of 2.98. Scores on the Basic Algebra Test had a relatively weak, though statistically significant, positive relationship with high school GPA (= .18). students Who Took th

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#### Genre/Form

Reports

#### Identifier

366

#### Language

English

#### Publisher

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#### Subjects - Names (LCNAF)

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#### Type

Text

#### Recommended Citation

Thorndike-Christ, Tracy; Andrieu-Parker, Jacqueline M.; and Trimble, Joseph E., "An Addendum to The Math Placement Tests: Relationships to Mathematics Course Performance, Mathematics Course Selection, and Other Predictors of Academic Achievement" (1991). *Office of Survey Research.* Paper 386.

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