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Title

THE PREDICTIVE VALIDITY OF ISLAMIC AZAD UNIVERSITY’S ENTRANCE EXAMINATION: DOES ACCESS MEAN SUCCESS?

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MOHAMMADI MOJTABA

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 Start Page 59 | End Page 72

Abstract

 The main purpose of the present research was to study the predictive value of the ISLAMIC AZAD UNIVERSITY’s Entrance Examination (IAUEE) in Iran administered to those applied for English Language courses. It, furthermore, attempted to investigate probable correlation between English Language students’ academic achievement regarding their GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA) and their entrance admission test results and their sex, field of study, or age. To conduct the research, senior undergraduate students who were admitted to study in all English language fields in ISLAMIC AZAD UNIVERSITY, Roudehen Branch were randomly selected. Data were collected regarding their performances in Entrance Examination and their GPA during the first three years of their study. Data analysis indicated that students’ total score in IAUEE had a better predictive value than the English subtest score. Out of three English majors under study, admission exam for ELT students had a much more recognized predictive value than for students in other courses. Moreover, while boys’ English proficiency subtest was a better predictor of their academic achievement, girls’ total score proved so.

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