Longitudinal Study of Engineering Students

In 2012, Dr. Chris Condon, a former Research Department researcher who is now a consultant for the Foundation, and David Schroeder completed our study of engineering students in the College of Engineering at the University of Texas. In this study, we tested the aptitudes of 256 freshmen in the engineering school and then followed them through their undergraduate experience. 

The engineering students as a whole

As a group, the engineering students scored higher than the general population in several different areas.They averaged High scores (70th percentile or above) on Graphoria, Foresight, Number Series, Memory for Design, Number Memory, and Mathematics Vocabulary. Also, students who successfully completed an engineering degree at UT-Austin scored significantly higher than unsuccessful students on Analytical Reasoning, Number Series, Number Facility, Incomplete Open Cubes (a test of structural visualization), and both English and Mathematics Vocabulary.

Successful and unsuccessful students

Engineering students who successfully completed their engineering degree scored significantly higher than students who did not complete their degrees on Analytical Reasoning, Number Series, Number Facility, Incomplete Open Cubes, Tonal Memory, Number Memory, English Vocabulary, and Mathematics Vocabulary.

Engineering majors by degree specialty

In terms of engineering degree specialties, mechanical engineering majors excelled on Inductive Reasoning, Incomplete Open Cubes, and Spatial Visualization. Electrical and chemical engineering majors excelled on the two vocabulary tests.

Grade point averages

Correlations between standard battery performance and college grade point averages showed significant relationships for Foresight, Number Facility, Memory for Design, and the two vocabulary tests.


Longitudinal study of engineering studeets