WHEELING, W.Va., March 21, 2014 – Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU) senior psychology major Patrick Dwyer made university history, becoming the first student to ace the psychology department’s standardized general analysis test called "Educational Testing Services Psychology Subject Exam." The test, full of topics taught during the course of four years at WJU, has been administered for several years.
"I was surprised and excited when I got my results. I can’t thank my professors enough for their dedication and attention they have given me over the last four years. I would not have been able to achieve this score without them," said Dwyer.
According to Dr. Bryan Raudenbush, WJU professor and psychology department chair, the highest score possible on the exam is a 200. “This is like taking the psychology version of the SAT or ACT, except it’s all about one subject.”
Raudenbush added, “It's not really a surprise that Patrick beat the old WJU record. He has consistently shown an aptitude for the psychological sciences since he was a freshman. He has immersed himself in all areas of psychological study, worked on several research projects and presented his findings at professional conferences. He is the kind of student who makes being an educator an even more rewarding experience."
Dwyer came to Wheeling Jesuit from Martinsburg, W.Va. He recently presented a research project in Boston at a conference with other WJU psychology students. They include: “The effects of weight feedback and disordered eating on food choice in a mock cafeteria buffet” and “The effects of scent administration on gambling behaviors in men.”
The WJU psychology department requires students to score in the top 15 percent on this national exam of psychology knowledge to graduate. Reviewing the last several years of WJU student scores, faculty discovered that students’ averages are in the top 1.5 percentile in the nation. Dwyer broke the departmental record, previously held by Nathan Corley.
Dwyer will graduate from WJU May 17. He plans to pursue a law degree, and has already been accepted to a number of prestigious colleges and universities.