The relation of speech test scores to grade point average : an honors thesis [(HONRS 499)]
The purpose of this study was to discover what correlation, if any, exists between speech pronunciation and success in college as determined by grade point average. The rationale behind the study in the form of a question to be answered by its results is as follows: could a speech test have as strong a predictive power in terms of college success as a verbal aptitude test? The tape recorded speech test used in the study was the test administered to freshmen upon their entrance to Ball State in the year 1960. Verbal aptitude scores were obtained from permanent records of the School and College Aptitude Test (SCAT) administered to these same students as in-coming freshmen. The tests of 250 students were employed in the study, but 15 of this number were eliminated at the time SCAT scores were procured. Ten persons had taken complete entrance examinations but had not registered in the Fall. The verbal scores of the remaining five were doubtful or nonexistent. The grade point averages used were those of these students at the beginning of their junior year. If for some reason students were no longer in college at-the time they would have been juniors, their grade point averages at the time of drop-out were found. Pronunciation on the speech test was standardized by this writer, and scores based upon 100 Possible points were given each student. Individual SCAT test verbal and speech scores were then compared statistically with grade point averages to discover which held the highestcorrelation.