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GPA trumps ACT in predicting college success

Students' high-school GPAs are a more consistent predictor of college success than standardized test scores, such as the ACT, according to a study by researchers at The University of Chicago. Data shows GPAs were five times stronger than ACT scores in indicating whether students were likely to graduate from college -- possibly because GPAs are based on various factors, including prolonged effort and students' skills beyond test-taking.

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