EXPLORATORY STUDY OF A SEQUENTIAL ITEM TEST
ARMY PERSONNEL RESEARCH OFFICE WASHINGTON DC WASHINGTON United States
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An exploratory study of the sequential item test technique applied to Army screening test content was made to gain some knowledge of its potential as a useful method of reducing Army testing time. The SIT was compared in field tryout with other short test techniques and with operational Army screening tests as to feasibility of administration and screening effectiveness. The SIT was moderately satisfactory in terms of its correlation with conventional tests. How ever, it revealed a number of drawbacks increased time and cost in construction, administration, and scoring, and greater difficulty for low level personnel to understand which led to the conclusion that further experimentation with the test in its present hand-scored paper-and-pencil format is not justified. The technique appears adaptable, however, to administration by testing machine, a procedure which would eliminate most of the difficulties encountered.