Growth mindset is not associated with scholastic aptitude in a large sample of university applicants
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Description: Implicit theories of intelligence have been proposed to predict a large number of different outcomes in education. The belief that intelligence is malleable (growth mindset) is supposed to lead to better academic achievement and students’ mindset is therefore a potential target for interventions. The present study used a large sample of university applicants (N = 5,653) taking a scholastic aptitude test to further examine the relationship between mindset and academic achievement. We found that results in the test were slightly negatively associated with growth mindset (r = -.03). Mindset showed no relationship with the number of test administrations participants signed up for and it did not predict results in a later administration of the scholastic aptitude test. The results show that the strength of the association between academic achievement and mindset might be weaker than previously thought.