INITIAL DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION OF A BASIC ELECTRONICS ASSEMBLY TEST (BEAT).
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The Basic Electronics Assembly Test BEAT was developed as an approach to the requirement for a measure of basic skills in the area of electronics technician performance. BEAT is a portable instrument with face validity as a measure of basic electronics skills since it involves a sampling of realistic assembly tasks and standard electronics components. BEAT was administered as part of a pre-training inventory to five successive trainee classes of the experimental courses for Electronics Technicians X-ET conducted by the Navy Training Research Laboratory, San Diego, 1964-1966. Correlations were computed between BEAT scores and performance achievement in the X-ET course. BEAT Time score was significantly correlated with achievement in the Fundamentals Phase of the X-ET course. There are indications that an instrument such as BEAT, by providing diagnostic evaluations of practical performance abilities, may prove a useful supplement to available verbal test information. Author
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