The Prediction of the Academic Achievement of Students from High School Grade Point Average, ESLCE and Selected Aptitude Tests in the Junior College of Commerce

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Addis Ababa University


The purpose of this study was to identify the relative effectiveness of high school grade point average (HSGPA), Differential Aptitude test (Verbal & Numerical section), and Ethiopian School Leaving Certificate Exarnination(ESLCE) results as predictors of academic success in the Junior College of Commerce. The sample to which the. findings of the study referred were 247 students "Tho were adlni tted to the Junior College of Commerce in the Academic year 1990/91. Using m~tiple correlation and regression analyses, the effectiveness of each independent variable was identified. It revealed that both HSGPA and DAT test scores significantly predicted students academic performance in the college. However, the predictive ability of the DAT test scores varied within different fields of studies. Neither ESICE GPA nor ESICE Maths results significantly contributed in c:redicting colle ge performR.TIce. Hm·rever, ~ICE English test resul t has shown significant correlation coefficient for the total group as well as for the group ma2orL~g in Accounting, Purchasing and Supplies Management and Secret erial Sc i ence and Office Mangement. The ESICE-Englieh test score 21so significantly accounted for the varia'lce in colle!3'e ',rork fer the group majoring in Secreterial f:cience a~d (iffice Man8 f1:ement. Finally , suggestions ,-rere e:iven conceI'!1in~ the Admission p-11d ulacement criteria as well as the need f or further research LTJ. the area.



Prediction of the Academic Achievement