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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Third Annual Report
of the Chairman of the Commission on Scholastic Aptitude Tests 1928

Number of Candidates Examined

The scholastic aptitude test was taken on June 23, 1928 by 8,318 candidates. The examination records of three candidates were invalidated because they were admitted to the test without practice booklets. Of the remaining 8,315 candidates, 7,786 final candidates (4,526 boys and 3,260 girls), and 529 were preliminary candidates (286 boys and 243 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 380 centers and subcenters in 342 examination centers.

The records of the 7,786 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 4,526 boys, who were final candidates, were examined, are shown in Table I.


TABLE I
Yale University 1123
University of Pennsylvania 938
Princeton University 820
Harvard University 717
Columbia University 162
Williams College 112
Brown University 91
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 86
Swarthmore College 79
Carnegie Institute of Technology 43
Amherst College 36
Wesleyan University 33
Tufts College 30
Lafayette College 26
Cornell University 20
Dartmouth College 20
Trinity College 19
Standford University 13
New York University 10

Nine candidates were examined for Haverford College and nine for the University of Virginia; seven each for Bowdoin College and Lehigh University; five each for Middlebury College and Union College; four each for Boston University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: three each for Temple University, the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan and Washington and Lee University; two each for Bates College, Boston College, Bucknell University, Colgate University, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Deep Springs College, Duke University, Georgetown University, Hamilton College, Long Island University, Pennsylvania State College, Rutgers University, the University of North Carolina and Western Reserve University; one candidate each for the California Institute of Technology, Cambridge University ( Cambridge, England), the Catholic University of America, the College of the City of New York, Drexel Institute, George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, Oberlin College, Occidental College, the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, Rhode Island College of Education, St. Stephen's College, Springfield Junior College, Stevens Institute of Technology, the United States Naval Academy, the University of Buffalo, the University of Louisville, the University of Minnesota, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Rochester (Eastman School of Music), the University of Texas, the University of Wisconsin, Villanova College, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Washington University, Wittenberg College and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Two candidates named preparatory schools as the institutions they were planning to enter, the schools being Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, and Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. Twenty- three boys were undecided as to their choice of a college at the time of taking the test.

The colleges for which the 3,260 girls, who were final applicants, were examined, are shown in Table II.


TABLEL II
Smith College 630
Wellesley College 618
Vassar College 617
Mount Holyoke College 350
Radcliffe College 212
Bryn Mawr College 141
University of Pennsylvania 127
Wheaton College 100
Barnard College 95
Swarthmore College 88
Wells College 66
Connecticut College for Women 51
Albertus Magnus College 25
Goucher College 22
Brown University 21

Seven candidates were for Stanford University; six each for the College of New Rochelle, Simmons College, Sweet Briar College and Trinity College ( Washington, D. C.); five for Cornell University; four each for Boston University and Syracuse University; three each for the University of California and Western Reserve University; two each for the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Emmanuel College and Wilson College; one each for the Bouvé School, the California State Normal School, Columbia University (Extension Division), the Georgetown Visitation Convent, Cambridge University ( Cambridge, England), Hunter College of the City of New York, Jackson College for Women, Los Angeles Private Junior College, Northwestern University, Occidental College, Ohio State University, Regis College, Russell Sage College, Sarah Lawrence College, Skidmore College, Springfield Junior College, the State College for Teachers ( Albany, N. Y.), the State Teachers College ( Santa Barbara, Calif.), the Teachers College of the City of Boston, the University of Buffalo, the University of Michigan, the University of Nebraska, the University of Oregon, the University of Wisconsin and Yale University. Two candidates named preparatory schools as the institutions they were planning to enter, the schools being Miss Mason's School, Tarrytown-on-the-Hudson, and Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn, New York. Fourteen candidates 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 Saturday, June 23, and approximately 900 booklets were delivered to the scoring unit on that day. The scoring of the test papers was begun on Monday, June 25.

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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1
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.

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