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Assessment of the University Admissions Process in Spain: Some Factors

Economic Working Paper 255

Posted: 5 May 1998  

Anna Cuxart

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Manuel Marti

Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC)

Ferran Ferrer

Autonomous University of Barcelona


The context where the university admissions exams are performed is presented and the main concerns about these exams are outlined and discussed from a statistical point of view. The paper offers an illustration of the use of random coefficient models in the study of educational data. The association between two individual scores (one internal and the other external to the school) and the effect of the school in the external exam is analyzed by a regression model with random intercept and fixed slope. A variance component model for the analysis of the grading process is also presented. The paper ends with an outline of the main findings and the presentation of some specific proposals to improve and control the equity of the system. Some pedagogic reflections are also included.

JEL Classification: C89, I19

Suggested Citation

Cuxart, Anna and Marti, Manuel and Ferrer, Ferran, Assessment of the University Admissions Process in Spain: Some Factors. Economic Working Paper 255. Available at SSRN:

Anna Cuxart Jardi (Contact Author)

Universitat Pompeu Fabra ( email )

Ramon Trias Fargas 25-27
Barcelona, 08005
34-93-542-27-48 (Phone)
34-93-542-17-46 (Fax)

Manuel Marti Recober

Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) ( email )

C. Jordi Girona, 31
Barcelona, 08034

Ferran Ferrer

Autonomous University of Barcelona ( email )

Plaça Cívica
Cerdañola del Valles
Barcelona, Barcelona 08193

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