Ideally, admitted University students should be motivated to complete their studies and receptive of new knowledge. This white paper presents the results of a study looking into efficient ways of measuring these traits in the admission process.
The findings of this study show that applicants with high critical thinking skills and high general cognitive ability, measured during the admission process, were more likely to complete their studies with high final awards 1-3 years later. A similar relationship was found for students’ performance on a written essay and an admission interview.
The study concludes that the best way of identifying high potential students is to ask applicants to complete two psychometric tests (Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal and Core Abilities), a written essay and an interview before admission.