chapter  VIII
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THE USE OF PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS

I N examining the problems of university selection we have seen that the Higher School Certificate examination results had a useful degree of validity for forecasting the success or failure of a student at

the university. Prognosis is further improved by the type of interview which consists chiefly of a skilled review of all the available evidence. There remain a substantial number of students in the border zone, which extends perhaps 10 per cent above the pass line, from whom it is difficult to choose correctly. The problem is to choose not students who will all pass their examinations, which has been shown to be an impossibility, but to choose those who are likely to have a better university record than those not selected. We must also recognise that the fewer of these border-zone students selected, the higher will be the academic standard within the university, and correspondingly the greater will be the number of potentially satisfactory students left out.