Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

Degree Name


Counseling and Psychological Services

First Advisor

Dr. Robert Smothers


The purpose of this study was to examine the correlation between three groups of students' total SAT Test scores and their baccalaureate grade-point averages. The population consisted of baccalaureate African-American students for the academic years of 1995-1998. Their chronological ages ranged from 18-22. A fairly representative sample was drawn from each ofthese classes. The sizes ofthe sample were 10, 16,24, respectively. The research method was historical utilizating the Spearman Rank-Difference method of correlation, because it seemed to be appropriate for the study. Correlation coefficients were derived, between the total SAT Test scores submitted with applications for admission and the baccalaureate grade-point averages, for the 1995, 1996, and 1997 classes. The coefficients were .1182, .6614, and .5773. The latter two coefficients were statistically significant at the .01 and .05 levels of confidence. Because of the interest in using these results for predictive purposes, the coefficients of alienation were found to be .9866, .5625, and .6667, respectively.

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