Student academic performance has been a source of concern to academics, researchers and relevant stakeholders at tertiary educational level. This resulted in a situation where academic institutions develop pre-qualification criteria aimed at selecting the best candidates. This study is aimed at exploring the relationship between academic performance and pre-qualification criteria. A content analysis was carried out on the student academic records and Oâ€™levels entranced grades in the department of Building Technology in Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH). Both Higher National Diploma (HND) and National Diploma (ND) students between the year 2006-2010 academic results were considered for the analysis. The data collected was analysed using linear and multiple regression technique. The study shows that Oâ€™level score in Physic is significant to the academic performance of Building Technology students in the Polytechnic compared to the other O â€™ level subjects. The findings indicate that pre-qualification criteria could serve as a predictor of academic performance. These findings support that institutional pre-qualification criteria can provide vital information for admission committees and education policy makers.
Keywords: Academic performance, building technology, grade point average, pre-qualification criteria