Predicting Success for Actuarial Students in Undergraduate Mathematics Courses

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Published by Project Innovation, Inc. in College Student Journal; Volume 39, Issue 1, March 2005, Pages 165-177.
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college students, educational tests and measurements, SAT, regression analysis


A study of undergraduate actuarial graduates found that math SAT scores, verbal SAT scores, percentile rank in high school graduating class, and percentage score on a college mathematics placement exam had some relevance to forecasting the students' grade point averages in their major. For both males and females, percentile rank in high school class and math placement percentage were included in the best regression model. Verbal SAT score was significant for males and math SAT score was significant for females. For both males and females, a student's calculus average was found to be the single best predictor of a student's post-calculus grade point average. For males, high school percentile class rank is nearly as significant. The results are expected to improve the ability of teachers to advise prospective and beginning actuarial students as to their likelihood of success in this concentration.