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Dr. Sheldon Zedeck - Non-Cognitive Testing in High Stakes Testing Arenas

  • NYU Wasserman Center 133 East 13th Street New York, NY, 10003 United States (map)

This presentation will focus on the efforts in college and post-graduate admissions decisions toward the use of non-cognitive tests and assessments (e.g., situational judgment tests, biodata, personality, and emotion recognition) to provide incremental validity over the traditionally used cognitive measures such as the SAT, ACT, GMAT, MCAT, and LSAT.  The emphasis will be on a review of the measures used, recent efforts to initiate change in admissions procedures, discussion of the criteria (both academic and non-academic) they are intended to predict, and the benefits they yield with respect to diversifying the entering classes of various programs.  Specifically data from the use of the LSAT as a predictor of lawyering effectiveness will be presented and discussed.

Dr. Sheldon Zedeck is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Professor of the Graduate School, in the Department of Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley.  He has been at Berkeley since 1969 when he completed his Ph.D. degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.  At Berkeley, he served from 2007-2010 as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Faculty Welfare.  Prior to this administrative position, he also served as Chair of the Department of Psychology from 1993-98 (and as interim chair for the 2003-04 year) and was the Director of the campus' Institute of Industrial Relations from 1988-92.