VALIDATION OF EXPERIMENTAL ELECTRONICS INFORMATION TESTS FOR ENLISTED CLASSIFICATION.
Technical research note,
ARMY PERSONNEL RESEARCH OFFICE WASHINGTON D C
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The purpose of the research is to develop new and replacement tests for the Army Classification Battery and to maintain the effectiveness of the battery so that the Army can make optimal use of the potential and developed skills of enlisted men. In particular, updated measures of electronics information were needed which would better differentiate the more highly technical MOS from electrical repair jobs. Four experimental measures of electronics information, two predominately pictorial and two verbal, were developed and administered to samples of enlisted men in electronics and related MOS Army school courses. Based on item analysis, four 20-item scales were selected and validated in samples of eight additional electronics and electrical courses. Parameter values were obtained in a general enlisted input sample N610. The 20-item experimental tests were more effective than the operational Electronics Information Test ELI in predicting performance in all electronics MOS and in the more highly technical of the electrical maintenance MOS. The new tests made greater contribution than did ELI to prediction of MOS training performance afforded by the full Army Classification Battery. Composites in which the new tests were substituted for ELI were also more effective differential predictors than were the ELI composites. The experimental tests were incorporated in a comprehensive validity analysis now being conducted across all Army occupational areas. Results will determine which test should replace ELI in the reconsituted enlisted classification system scheduled for implementation in FY 1967.