The following principles are excerpted from
a proposal submitted by the University of California's Board
of Admissions and Relations. The full
proposal is also available online.
BOARS recommends to the faculty the
adoption of the following policy regarding the purposes and
properties of admissions tests used by the University of California.
- Admissions tests will be used at the
University of California
The desired properties of admissions
tests to be used for these purposes include the following.
- to assess academic preparation and
achievement of UC applicants;
- to predict success at UC beyond that
predicted by high school GPA
- to aid in establishing UC eligibility;
- to aid in selecting students for admission
at individual UC campuses.
- An admissions test should be a reliable
measurement that provides uniform assessment and should
be fair across demographic groups.
- An admissions test should measure
levels of mastery of content in UC-approved high school
preparatory coursework and should provide information
to students, parents, and educators enabling them to identify
academic strengths and weaknesses.
- An admissions test should be demonstrably
useful in predicting student success at UC and provide
information beyond that which is contained in other parts
of the application. (It is recognized that predictors
of success are currently limited, and generally only include
first-year college GPA and graduation rate. As this field
advances, better predictors should be identified and used
in validating admissions tests.)
- An admissions test should be useful
in a way that justifies its social and monetary costs.
BOARS also recommends that, as a matter
of principle, the faculty regularly review UC's admissions
testing policy and practices to ensure that tests are being
used in a way that is consistent with these principles and
desired properties of admissions tests.