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

Sixth Annual Report of the Commission on Scholastic Aptitude Tests 1931

Number of Candidates Examined

The scholastic aptitude test was taken on June 20, 1931 by 8,895 candidates, of whom 8,067 (4,477 boys and 3,590 girls) reported themselves as being final candidates for admission to college and 828 (416 boys and 412 girls) declared themselves to be at least one year away from college. It is now known that some of the candidates who declared themselves final candidates are considered as preliminary candidates by the administrators of the secondary schools which they were attending. Special reports had to be sent to the colleges on thirty-five candidates, thirteen 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 two 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 358 places of examination, divided into 398 centers and subcenters.

The records of the 8,067 final candidates were classified by colleges, duplicates caused by the designation of more than one college being avoided by taking the college named first. The colleges for which the 3,590 girls, who were final candidates, were examined are shown in Table I.


TABLE I
Wellesley College 674
Smith College 635
Vassar College 580
Mount Holyoke College 338
Barnard College 322
Radcliffe College 240
Wheaton College 150
University of Pennsylvania 118
Bryn Mawr College 114
Wells College 85
Swarthmore College 71
Albertus Magnus College 31
Connecticut College for Women 30
Sweet Briar College 25
Pembroke College in Brown University 23
Carnegie Institute of Technology 15
Elmira College 13
Goucher College 11
New Jersey College for Women 10

Five candidates each were examined for Boston University, Emmanuel College, Stanford University, and Trinity College ( Washington, D. C.); four for Simmons College; three each for Hunter College, Northwestern University, and Washington University; two each for Beloit College, Jackson College for Women, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mills College, Sarah Lawrence Junior College, University of California, University of Michigan, and the University of Vermont; one each for Adelphi College, Brooklyn College for Women, Carleton College, College of New Rochelle, College of the Sacred Heart, College of St. Elizabeth, Columbia University, George Washington University, Hollins College, Margaret Morrison Carnegie College, Massachusetts State College, McGill University, Middlebury College, New York State College for Teachers, Oberlin College, Pine Manor, Principia, Rosemont College, Springfield Junior College, Syracuse University, Temple University, University of Arizona, University of California at Los Angeles, University of Geneva ( Switzerland), University of Southern California, University of Wisconsin, and Wilson College. Twenty-eight were undecided as to their choices of colleges at the time of taking the test.

The colleges for which the 4,477 boys, who were final candidates, were examined are shown in Table II.


TABLE II
Yale University 1,139
University of Pennsylvania 876
Princeton University 726
Harvard University 265
Carnegie Institute of Technology 129
Brown University 98
Williams College 87
Swarthmore College 66
Lafayette College 62
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 35
Dartmouth College 31
Amherst College 30
Tufts College 24
Cornell University 22
Trinity College 22
Haverford College 16
Stanford University 13
Lehigh University 11
Wesleyan University 11
Brothers College of Drew University 10

Nine candidates were examined for Colgate University; seven candidates each for Rutgers University and the University of Michigan; six for Boston University; five for Pennsylvania State College; four each for Bowdoin College, Hamilton College, Johns Hopkins University, McGill University, New York University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the University of Virginia; three each for Duke University, St. John's College, Springfield Junior College, Syracuse University, Union College, and the University of California at Los Angeles; two each for Bucknell College, California Institute of Technology, Carleton College, Connecticut Agricultural College, Stevens Institute of Technology, Temple University, University of Chicago, University of Maryland, University of Minnesota, University of Pittsburgh, and the University of the South; one each for Acadia University, Allegheny College, Antioch College, Clark University, Fordham University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Georgia School of Technology, Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, Kenyon College, Manhattan College, National Bible Institute, Norwich University, Ohio State University, Ohio University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Rollins College, St. Stephen's College, University of Alabama, University of California, University of Delaware, University of Notre Dame, University of South Carolina, University of Southern California, University of Toronto, University of Vermont, University of Washington, Western Reserve University, Westminster College, Whittier College, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

One candidate named the Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, Connecticut, as the institution which he wished to enter. Thirty-four boys were undecided as to their choices of colleges at the time of taking the test.

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