DEVELOPMENT AND PRELIMINARY EVALUATION OF THE U. S. NAVY AUTOMOTIVE KNOWLEDGE TEST.
NAVAL PERSONNEL RESEARCH ACTIVITY SAN DIEGO CALIF
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The purpose of this study was the development and preliminary evaluation of an automotive information test for possible use in assigning personnel to selected mechanical schools. A brief 35-item Automotive Knowledge Test AKT was developed. This test, with a reliability of .89, appeared to measure the same factors as the USN Mechanical Test MECH of the Basic Battery, since the correlation between AKT and MECH was .76 and the pattern of correlations with other basic battery tests was similar. A 23-item key for the AKT was as valid as the 100-item MECH for predicting grades in five of six schools studied. It is recommended that the AKT be included in an extensive program of short test evaluation which should be undertaken at all Navy schools after automated test processing equipment becomes available. Author
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations