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Using student data from previously submitted studies, this customized study will examine trends in entering cohort admission measures (e.g. SAT scores, HSGPA, etc.) and their predictive relationships (e.g. with college GPA) over time, within and across student entering cohorts.

You’ll learn:

  • How admission measures relate to college performance at your institution over time.
  • How admission measures, and their relationships to college performance, might differ by entering cohorts at your institution.

Designing Your Study

Get an overview of how to design your study below. For detailed step-by-step instructions, download the Year-over-Year SAT Admission Study Guide or see the FAQs at the bottom of this page.

Choosing Previously Submitted SAT Admission Validity Study Submissions for Analysis

You’ll select at least two previous ACES SAT Admission Validity Study data file submissions (or Data-Only submissions for institutions participating in the National Validity Study) that you want to examine in this study—for example, the 2018 entering cohort and their corresponding first academic year data and the 2017 entering cohort and their first academic year data. In an ACES Year-over-Year study, the customized report shows the relationships between different predictors, including SAT® scores, and student performance in college, and trends for students from different entering cohort years at your institution over time.

Choosing Predictors

All ACES Year-over-Year studies analyze SAT score(s) and give you the option to also study high school GPA as a predictor. In addition, you can include up to four other predictors from the ACES database (Number of different AP exams, Number of Honors or AP courses, Average of AP Exam Scores, and Number of activities during high school).

Getting Your Report

When your study is finished—within 20 business days of your completed request—we’ll notify you that your report is available on the ACES website and you can sign in to access it. You will receive two deliverables:

  • A complete, printable report in PDF format that shows your chosen predictors with charts, tables, and detailed explanations.
  • A report in HTML format featuring interactive graphs. You can click to display or hide data, compare data, zoom in and out, take a snapshot, sort table columns, and more. You may want to insert these graphs into campus reports or presentations that you are preparing for various constituents.

See Sample Report