Patterns of SAT scores, choice of STEM major, and gender

Mark L. Davison, Gilbert B. Jew, Ernest C. Davenport

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Using Baccalaureate and Beyond 2001 data, we found that STEM major was associated with an SAT pattern less common among females than males, in which the student's quantitative score exceeded the verbal score. Verbal ability was negatively associated with STEM major. Implications for career theory and test interpretation are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)118-126
Number of pages9
JournalMeasurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2014

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  • SAT scores
  • STEM careers
  • academic major
  • gender differences


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