School of Education
Doctor of Education (EdD)
ACT score, College English, HSGPA, Online students, Prediction of success, SAT score
Gregory, Cheryl, "ACT Scores, SAT Scores, and High School GPA as Predictors of Success in Online College Freshman English" (2016). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1558.
SAT and ACT scores are often used by colleges and universities as indicators of ability to perform college work in a residential setting, although few studies have focused on the use of these scores to predict success in an online setting. The purpose of this study is to examine the potential of the SAT score, ACT score, and high school grade point average (HSGPA) to predict success as indicated by a numerical grade in freshman college English for online students. Freshman English is considered crucial to successful completion of a college degree. The sample included 1,008 college freshmen taking English enrolled in multiple sections of an online English course. This hierarchical study will attempt to determine if there is a correlation between SAT or ACT scores, HSGPA, and the students’ final grade in an online college freshman English composition course.