A Study of Error: A Summary and Evaluation of Methods Used in Six Years of Study of the Scholastic Aptitude Test of the College Entrance Examination Board

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Fourth Annual Report of the Chairman of the Commission on Scholastic Aptitude Tests 1929

Number of Candidates Examined

The scholastic aptitude test was taken on June 19, 1929 by 8,610 candidates. The examination records of two candidates were invalidated because they were admitted to the test without practice booklets. Seven candidates (four final and three preliminary) were compelled to leave the examination because of illness. Of the remaining 8,601 candidates, 7,890 were final candidates (4,341 boys and 3,549 girls), and 711 were preliminary candidates (410 boys and 301 girls). The centers at which the. tests were given and the number of candidates examined at each center are listed in Table III. The tests were given in 342 places of examination divided into 377 centers and subcenters.

The records of the 7,890 final candidates were classified by colleges,1 duplicates caused by the designation of more than one college being avoided by taking the colleges named first. The colleges for which the 4,341 boys, who were final candidates, were examined, are shown in Table I.


TABLE I
Yale University 1124
University of Pennsylvania 868
Princeton University 818
Harvard University 618
Columbia University 133
Williams College 106
Brown University 99
Carnegie Institute of Technology 84
Swarthmore College 69
Massachusetts Institutes of Technology 61
Amherst College 38
Wesleyan University 33
Dartmouth College 25
Lafayette College 24
Tufts College 20
Trinity College 19
Cornell University 18
Stanford University 13
Lehigh University 10

Eight candidates were examined for Colgate University; seven each for Bowdoin College and Haverford College; six for the University of Virginia; five for Union College; four each for Hamilton College, New York University, Pennsylvania State College, St. Stephen's College and Washington and Lee University; three each for Boston College, Boston University, Brothers College of Drew University, California Institute of Technology, College of the City of New York, Johns Hopkins University, Temple University, University of California, and the University of Michigan; two each for Antioch College, George Washington University, Lake Forest College, Massachusetts Agricultural College, Middlebury College, Rutgers University, Seth Low Junior College, Stevens Institute of Technology, Tulane University, University of California at Los Angeles, and the University of Wisconsin; one each for Clark University, College of William and Mary, Duke University, Holy Cross College, Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, Occidental College, Ohio State University, Purdue University, Rider-Moore and Stewart School of Business, Syracuse University, United States Military Academy, University of Alabama, University of Cincinnati, University of Delaware, University of Hawaii, University of Kentucky, University of North Carolina, University of Notre Dame, University of Oklahoma, University of Rochester, University of Texas, Westminster College ( New Wilmington, Pa.), and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Two candidates named Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts as the institution they were planning to enter. Thirty- four boys were undecided as to their choice of a college at the time of taking the test.

The colleges for which the 3,549 girls who were final applicants were examined, are shown in Table II.


TABLE II
Vassar College 706
Smith College 626
Wellesley College 581
Mount Holyoke College 355
Barnard College 351
Radcliffe College 197
Bryn Mawr College 173
University of Pennsylvania 123
Wheaton College 123
Swarthone College 71
Wells College 55
Connecticut College for Women 26
Pembroke College of Brown University 25
Albertus Magnus College 22

Nine candidates were examined for Sweet Briar College; eight for Goucher College; six each for the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Trinity College ( Washington, D. C.), and Western Reserve University; five for Simmons College; three each for Emmanuel College, Hunter College, Jackson College for Women of Tufts College, Middlebury College and Wilson College; two each for Centre College, College of the Sacred Heart, Cornell University, Massachusetts Agricultural College, Mills College, Regis College, Sarah Lawrence College, Stanford University, Syracuse University, Temple University, University of California, and the University of Chicago; one each for Boston College, College of Our Lady of the Elms, College of St. Elizabeth, Dickinson College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York State College for Teachers, Occidental College, Ohio State University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Randolph-Macon College, Rosemont College, Russell Sage College, Springfield Junior College, Stephens College, University of Southern California, University of Toronto, and University of Washington.

Two candidates named preparatory schools as the institutions they were planning to enter, the schools being Lasell Seminary. Auburndale, Massachusetts and Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn, New York. Seventeen girls were undecided as to their choice of a college at the time of taking the examination.


General Arrangements for Scoring the Tests

The test was given on Wednesday, June 19, and approximately 1,500 booklets were delivered on that day. The scoring of the test papers was begun on Thursday, June 20.

The total number of clerks employed during each day of scoring and the total number of hours spent each day are shown in Table IV.

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Due to the fact that candidates sometimes name one college on their application blanks and another on their scholastic aptitude test booklets, the list of colleges given here does not agree, either in colleges included or number of candidates, with the table of colleges chosen by candidates given in Appendix C of the Twenty-Ninth Annual Report of the Secretary.

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