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education students? More specifically, this study examined the question of how well the

MMPI-2 and the NEO PI-R predict the following outcomes:

  • Final GPA

  • Licensure Acquisition

  • Ongoing participation in a counseling related professions

  • Work satisfaction

  • Perceived effectiveness

A correlation analysis of the archival data of the MMPI-2 and the NEO PI-R

personality assessments for the graduates who responded to the questionnaire and their

GPA was performed. For the purposes of this study, a student’s GPA was noted as in one

of two dichotomous levels, high honors and not high honors. The seminary gives a high

honors notation to a student whose GPA is 3.9 or above. Next, a correlation analysis of

the archival data of the MMPI-2 and NEO PI-R and licensure acquisition data was

performed. Finally, a correlation analysis of the archival data of the MMPI-2 and the

NEO PI-R and the data generated by the questionnaire was performed. SPSS 15

statistical software was used in performing the correlation procedures.

Correlation is a statistical technique that is used to measure and describe a

relationship between two variables when there is no attempt to manipulate the variables

(Gravetter & Wallnau, 2004). The association between the variables does not imply

causation (Portney & Watkins, 2000). However, if two variables are known to be related

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