Journal of
Media and Communication Studies

  • Abbreviation: J. Media Commun. Stud.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2545
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMCS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 204

Full Length Research Paper

College students’ success in reading as a function of their preparatory school achievements

Bekele Birhanie Aregu
  • Bekele Birhanie Aregu
  • English Program, Faculty of Humanities, Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia.
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  •  Accepted: 05 September 2013
  •  Published: 28 February 2014


The purpose of the study was to examine first year college students’ success in reading as a function of their academic achievement in preparatory schools. To this end, data were collected from 138 year first students taking communicative English skills. Then, both descriptive and inferential statistics were employed to analyze the data. The results revealed that all of the variables were found to be correlates of students’ reading performance. It was also indicated that students’ college entrance English exam result was found to be a strong determinant of students’ reading performance. In sum, the independent variables together accounted for 37% of the variances in students reading performance, and hence, it could be concluded that students’ academic achievements in preparatory schools strongly influence college students’ success in reading.
Key words: Success in reading, preparatory school achievement, reading performance.