Accession Number : AD0427398


Title :   COMPARISON OF PREDICTIVE AND CONCURRENT VALIDITIES OF BASIC TEST BATTERY TEST SCORES


Corporate Author : BUREAU OF NAVAL PERSONNEL WASHINGTON DC


Personal Author(s) : Alf, Jr, Edward F


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/427398.pdf


Report Date : Oct 1963


Pagination or Media Count : 17


Abstract : The General Classification Test, Arithmetic Test, Mechanical Test, and Clerical Test of the Basic Test Battery, which are ordinarily administered to each recruit during his fourth day of recruit training, were experimentally readministered several months later to three samples of men immediately prior to their starting training in Electrician's Mate, Hospitalman, and Interior Communications Electrician's Class A schools. The purpose of the Experiment was to determine if test validities would be comparable for the two administrations, since a considerable economy could be effected in evaluating new tests if validities were comparable. Since four tests were tried at each of three schools, there were twelve comparisons between the early and later validity coefficients. In each case the concurrent validity coefficient was higher, the differences ranging from 0.01 to 0.09. It was concluded that in order for a test to be considered for possible use after a concurrent tryout, it must be at least 0.05 to 0.09 more valid than the operationally given tests. Possible explanations for these findings are discussed.


Descriptors :   *STUDENTS , *TRAINING , EDUCATION , PERFORMANCE(HUMAN) , TABLES(DATA) , APTITUDE TESTS


Subject Categories : Psychology


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE