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

By Carl C. Brigham | Go to book overview

Fifth Annual Report of the Commission on Scholastic Aptitude Tests 1930

Number of Candidates Examined

The scholastic aptitude test was taken on June 21, 1930 by 8,724 candidates, of whom 8,153 were final candidates (4,602 boys and 3,551 girls), and 571 were preliminary candidates (324 boys and 247 girls). Special reports had to be made on thirty-five candidates, twelve of whom were compelled to leave the examination because of illness, twenty of whom apparently skipped inadvertently one or more pages of the mathematical portion of the test and worked on the harder problems towards the end, and three of whom had improperly bound booklets. 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 347 places of examination, divided into 379 centers and subcenters.

The records of the 8,153 final candidates were classified by colleges, duplicates caused by the designation of more than one college being avoided by taking the colleges named first. The colleges for which the 3,551 girls, who were final candidates, were examined are shown in Table I.


TABLE I
Vassar College 638
Smith College 634
Wellesley College 616
Mount Holyoke College 344
Barnard College 308
Radcliffe College 274
Bryn Mawr College 130
Wheaton College 123
University of Pennsylvania 114
Swarthmore College 85
Wells College 74
Connecticut College for Women 39
Albertus Magnus College 27
Sweet Briar College 25
Pembroke College of Brown University 19

Nine candidates were examined for Goucher College; seven each for Carnegie Institute of Technology and Simmons College; six for Trinity College ( Washington, D. C.); five each for Jackson College for Women of Tufts College, and Middlebury College; three each for Oberlin College and Stanford University; two each for Adelphi College, Cornell University, Hunter College, McGill University, and New Jersey College for Women; one each for Beaver College, Boston University, College of the City of New York, College of New Rochelle, Elmira College, Emmanuel College, George Washington University, Hollins College, Margaret Morrison Carnegie College, Mills College, Milwaukee-Downer College, Northwestern University, Randolph- Macon Woman's College, Reed College, Rollins College, Rosemont College, Springfield Junior College, Syracuse University, Teachers College ( Columbia University), University of Cincinnati, University of Michigan, University of Rochester, Western Reserve University, and Wilson College.

One candidate named a preparatory school as the institution she was planning to enter, the school being Bradford Academy, Bradford, Massachusetts. Twenty-one girls were undecided as to their choices of colleges at the time of the test.

The colleges for which the 4,602 boys, who were final candidates, were examined, are shown in Table II.


TABLE II
Yale University 1084
University of Pennsylvania 1021
Princeton University 758
Harvard University 637
Columbia University 258
Brown University 123
Williams College 107
Carnegie Institute of Technology 85
Lafayette College 80
Swarthmore College 67
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 61
Amherst College 34
Tuffs College 22
Dartmouth College 21
Cornell University 19
Haverford College 15
Trinity College 14
Stanford University 13
Wesleyan University 13

Seven candidates each were examined for Colgate University, Union College, and the University of Virginia; six for Bowdoin College; five each for Boston University, Brothers College of Drew University, Lehigh University, and the University of Chicago; four each for Bucknell University, New York University, and the University of Southern California; three each for Hamilton College, Menlo Junior College, Middlebury College, Temple University, and the University of Michigan; two each for California Institute of Technology, College of the City of New York, Georgetown University, Georgia School of Technology, McGill University, Oberlin College, Occidental College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rutgers University, St. Stephen's College, University of California, University of Notre Dame, and Western Reserve University; one each for Alabama Polytechnic Institute, Antioch College, Babson Institute, Carleton College, Case School of Applied Science, Clark University, Colby College, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Drexel Institute, Duke University, George Washington University, Hobart College, Junior College of Connecticut, Knox College, Long Island University, Manhattan College, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, Muskingum College, Northeastern University, Rider-Moore and Stewart School of Business, St. Joseph's College, Seth Low Junior College, State Teachers College ( San Jose, Cal.), University of California at Los Angeles, University of Maryland, University of Nebraska, University of North Carolina, University of Pittsburgh, University of Toronto, University of Wisconsin, Villanova College, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Washington and Lee University, Washington University, William Jewell College, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Thirty-four boys were undecided as to their choices of colleges at the time of the test.


General Arrangements for Scoring the Test

The test was given on Saturday, June 21, and approximately 4,400 booklets were received by Monday evening, June 23.

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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