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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Humanities and Social Science - Methods in Education Studies


Validation of an Entrance Examination in the Study Domain of Business and Economics – A National and International Comparative Study of Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences



The WiWiSET project’s goal is to identify factors that predict success or failure when it comes to completing a degree in the domain of economics. Validity of measuring instruments is at the core of this study. In addition to previous validation work, WiWiSET now focuses on perspectives of discriminant, predictive and incremental validity. All freshmen in the study domain of economics, which is the largest study domain in Germany, at schools of tertiary education serve as the project’s population. During a first survey in the winter semester of 2016/2017, economics freshmen at randomly selected universities and universities of applied science were surveyed with regard to their economic knowledge (N=3.977, 1.502 at 20 universities, 2.475 at 21 universities of applied science,). A second survey will be administered in the winter semester 2017/18 as the project requires two measure dates in order to test its hypotheses.


Project management:  

Prof. Dr. Hans Anand Pant (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Prof. Dr. Olga Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia (Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz)

Jun.-Prof. Manuel Förster (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)

Dr. Stefan Schipolowski (Institut zur Qualitätsentwicklung im Bildungswesen Berlin)



Judith Jitomirski

E-Mail: judith.jitomirski@hu-berlin.de

Tel: 030 2093 – 4126

Place: Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 7 , Raum 1.07

Mailing address: Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin



June 2016 –May 2019


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