chapter  II
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THE PROGNOSTIC VALUE OF THE UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE EXAMINATION: A CONSIDERATION OF ACADEMIC FACTORS

FINANCE was until recent years a principal selector of university students. Its selective influence began as early as the Secondary Grammar School Entrance Examination, continued throughout

the secondary school period, and exercised a decisive effect at the university entrance stage. So few parents were able to afford the fees and maintenance costs that, except in the cases of Oxford and Cambridge, Medical schools and a few other departments, almost all who passed the qualifying examination and applied for admission were accepted.! With the removal of the financial bogey universities have now to face the new problem of selecting the best students from among those who have qualified.