In predicting scholarship in college practically every known fact about a student has been studied in an effort to find the variables most predictive of success. Age, height, weight, religion, father's occupation, education of parents, and size of family have been extensively used to predict college success. Prediction through the use of tests has been studied in practically every college from the smallest junior college to the largest universities. The interest, and it has been tremendous, shown in the prediction of college success is closely related to the progress made in devising more accurate measurement devices. Beginning in 1917 with the mental testing of World War I servicemen, the testing movement with its increasing number and types of tests gave the colleges the evidence needed for prediction studies. Quickly following the development of mental tests came tests of personality, vocational interest, and specific aptitudes. The advances made in objective or new-type test construction led to widespread use of this type of test for measuring achievement at all educational levels.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1947 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Holmes, John L.
"The Selection of Science Students at the College Level,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 54(1), 287-295.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/pias/vol54/iss1/45