Validation of Experimental Electronics Selection Battery
ARMY PERSONNEL RESEARCH OFFICE WASHINGTON DC WASHINGTON
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Accelerated use of electronic systems and equipment in the Army has generated an increasing requirement for means of selecting personnel who can successfully complete electronics training courses and satisfactorily perform in highly critical electronics positions. The present publication summarizes research accomplished in several integrated studies which culminated in development of an experimental electronics selection battery of 15 tests. The component experimental measures--three information, five reasoning ability, six noncognitive ability, one personality background--were evaluated in conjunction with the operational Army Classification Battery ACB for effectiveness in differentiating between potential for electronics high complexity MOS and electrical low complexity MOS. Three measures, two which were derived from a single instrument--the Personal Inventory for Electronics-emerged as the most promising predictors of success in Electronics MOS. The third measure, RME, was composed of radio, mathematics, and electronics information items from several of the tests. These measures will be included in comprehensive studies of experimental and operational predictors as part of the total classification battery and aptitude area system.