The survey, conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University, was completed with self-identified students from both Princeton and Brown University.
The results were based on whether the students had the ability to score a higher grade on the ACT now than they had during High School, or not. Their before-to-after ratios were calculated and compared to those of senior students at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
The completed results showed that the Ivy Seniors scored as low as 34 points on the standardized test, out of a possible 36 points. Only ten percent of the Ivy students were able to "beat-out" their high school scores.
Seniors at Fairleigh Dickinson University, on the other hand (although their actual scores were not released) "Scored as well as nine points higher than their original scores achieved as High School students" according to the report.
When contacted, one of the survey subjects from Brown University, whose name among others was released by FDU, had this to say.
"What are you talking about...Is this a joke?" When asked why the student closed the phone on us, a leader of the FDU study told us this.
"The student is surely frustrated, and understandably so."