Catalyst Survey Group, College Preparation

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"Did you get specific instruction on study skills in high school?"  
Yes 59%
No 41
ACT Scores, 2001
Survey group average 21.5
Illinois average 21.6
Illinois average, African American 17.3
Illinois average, Latino 18.5
   
SAT Scores, 2001
Percent who took it 18%
Survey group average 1179
   
"How many years did you take?"
English 4
Math 3.8
Science 3.3
Social Studies 3.0
   
"Which of the following courses did you take?"
Math Yes No
Algebra 98% 2%
Geometry 99 1
Algebra II 84 16
     
Science Yes No
General Science 71% 29%
Biology 98 2
Chemistry 90 10
Physics 69 31
     
Social Sciences Yes No
U.S. History 98% 2%
World History 76 24
European History 23 77
History of other regions 27 73
American Government 48 52
Economics 37 63
   
"How helpful was your high school with each of the following?"
very helpful helpful not helpful
Preparing you to take college entrance exams 41% 39% 20%
Helping you to decide what classes to take to prepare for college coursework 31 44 25
Helping you apply for financial aid 37 35 27
Helping you decide which colleges to apply to 25 42 33
Providing job or career counseling 21 41 38
       
"Upon graduation from high school, how well were you prepared to:""
well-prepared somewhat prepared not prepared
Meet reading requirements in college 68% 29% 3%
Meet writing requirements in college 61 34 5
Use computers and the Internet 63 28 10
Meet math requirements in college 50 39 11