Standardized Tests Predict Graduate Students' Success

  title={Standardized Tests Predict Graduate Students' Success},
  author={Nathan R. Kuncel and Sarah A. Hezlett},
  pages={1080 - 1081}
Standardized admissions tests are valid predictors of many aspects of student success across academic and applied fields. 

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    Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
  • 2005
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