INTERPRETATION AND UTILIZATION OF SCORES ON THE AIR FORCE OFFICER QUALIFYING TEST
AIR FORCE HUMAN RESOURCES LAB LACKLAND AFB TX
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The report summarizes a large body of data relevant to the proper interpretation and use of aptitude scores on the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test. Included are descriptions of the AFOQT testing program and the general characteristics of the test itself. Technical concepts are introduced by a brief explanation to assist users of AFOQT scores who are not test specialists. Technical data include an extensive sampling of validation studies covering prediction of success in pilot training, navigator training, technical training, and academic courses. Relationships to other well known tests and the Air Force structure of career areas and utilization fields are indicated. Several types of reliability data are presented, together with intercorrelations of the aptitude composites both with and without the elevating effects of overlapping subtests. The Air Force percentile scoring system is discussed in relation to the normal probability curve and the stanine scale. Score distributions are provided for officers, candidates for programs leading to a commission, basic airmen, and 12th grade males. Procedures used in standardizing new forms of the AFOQT through the Project TALENT aptitude composites are described, including operations which maintain relationships with Air Force Academy candidates and the TALENT national sample. Effects of applying minimum qualifying scores and adjustments for level of formal education at the time of testing are explained.
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