An Analysis of Certain Methods for Increasing the Validity of the Airman Qualifying Examination for the Classification of Basic Airmen
SERVICE BUREAU CORP NEW YORK NEW YORK United States
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Screening and initial assignment of non-prior-service enlistees in the United States Air Force is based primarily on relative standing on any one of four aptitude composites, each derived by a simple summation of scores on certain subtests of the Airman Qualifying Examination AQE. The present report describes a study designed to determine the increase in validity for prediction of performance in technical training courses which might be obtained by the use of a aptitude composites derived from optimally weighted subtests along with additional information, or b separate aptitude composites derived for each technical course, or c separate aptitude composites derived for enlistees from different geographical areas, or d various combinations of these variables. Data from 46,000 enlistees and 88 technical courses were analyzed. It was concluded that both the addition of information to the aptitude composites and the utilization of separate composites for each technical course would significantly increase the validity of the selection and classification system.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations