Entrance exams as a predictor of success at the doctoral level

Christine Jeannette Grzybowski, Tennessee State University


The purpose of this study was to evaluate the ability and role of two measurable standardized tests, either used singularly or together to adequately predict the success of doctoral level students. This study examined the MAT and/or the GRE to determine if any significant relationship or differences existed between the scores and current/graduated grade point averages (GPA's) of the doctoral level students at Tennessee State University. The sample data consisted of 819 students who were either enrolled or had graduated from 1989–1999. The data gathered included MAT scores, GRE scores, current/graduated GPA's, age, gender, ethnicity, and subject areas. Upon the collection of the data, a descriptive statistical analysis was completed using the independent variables. A correlation statistical analysis was used to assess all significant variables, which included the t-test, F-test, Pearson r, one-way ANOVA, Spearman rho, Mann-Whitney U, and the Kruskal-Wallis tests. The study found that there were no significant differences or correlations between the MAT and/or GRE compared to current/graduated GPA's.

Subject Area

School administration|Educational evaluation|Academic guidance counseling

Recommended Citation

Christine Jeannette Grzybowski, "Entrance exams as a predictor of success at the doctoral level" (2001). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI3024620.