Do Entrance Examinations Predict Academic Performance? A Gender-Based Analysis for University of Ibadan
- Olanrewaju Olaniyan
- Noah Olasehinde
- Monsuru Odumosu and Adesola Orekoya
- ( paper pages. 1 - 24 )
This study empirically examined the relevance of entrance
examinations for undergraduate admission in Nigeria (Unified Tertiary
Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Post-UTME), in predicting the academic
performance of first year undergraduate students of the University of Ibadan. Data
were drawn from all admitted students in the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 academic
sessions and analyses were conducted at
university and faculty levels along gender divisions using the
Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) technique. The results show that UTME and post-UTME scores were significant
predictors of the academic performance of first-year students. UTME scores
predicted the performance of both genders in one and five faculties in the 2014/2015
and 2015/2016 sessions respectively, while post-UTME scores predicted the
performance of both genders in five and three faculties in the 2014/2015 and
2015/2016 sessions respectively. The effects of post-UTME scores outweighed those
of the UTME scores at both levels of analysis. Therefore, it is recommended
that post-UTME should continue to be conducted by institutions.
Olanrewaju Olaniyan, Noah Olasehinde, Monsuru Odumosu and Adesola Orekoya.
"Do Entrance Examinations Predict Academic Performance? A Gender-Based Analysis for University of Ibadan"
The Nigerian Journal of Economic and Social Studies,
64 (1): 1 - 24.
A22, I20, I23