GPA as a predictive criterion for the utility of using the high-school grade and selection tests as acceptance criteria in the Yemeni universities of Sana'a and Taiz / Majed abdo qasem naji, Abdulrahman Ibn suliman Al-trairy
The study aimed to identify the predictive validity of admission criteria used at the Universities of Taiz and Sana'a in Republic of Yemen. The study sample consisted of 750 male and female students who enrolled at the Universities of Taiz and Sana'a for the academic year 2008/2009, and spent four years of study for Bachelor Degree and graduated in 2011, and underwent admission tests. Statistical analysis has been conducted using multiple regression analysis. The results showed that the used admission criteria (Secondary school, and admission test grades) predict academic performance of the student. In addition, there were statistically significant differences in the prediction, according to the college variable at Sanaa University students while there were no differences in the prediction according to the sex variable. Based on the search findings, the researchers recommended to continue in using secondary school GPA (Grade Point Average) as admission criteria due to its importance in predicting academic performance of the student.
Key words: predictive validity, secondary school GPA, admission test, admission policy.