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Identify Potential I/O or Non I/O Psychology Assessment Tools/Methods: AFOQT Methods to Reduce Adverse Impact

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[Technical Report, Final Report]

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HQ Air Force Personnel Center

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The Air Force Officer Qualifying Test AFOQT benefits both the Air Force, by increasing the efficient use of its human resources, and also the examinees, by giving them an opportunity to demonstrate their capability for serving as Air Force officers. Both parties benefit from and have a vested interest in a valid testing process. These are the positive impacts of the AFOQT. A natural outcome of tests is that subgroups perform similarly but not identically. Even when the scores of subgroups mostly overlap, sometimes the mean differences are substantial enough to be of concern when members of a subgroup are less often considered qualified. The test is then said to have adverse impact for the subgroup with the lower average scores. An issue addressed in this study is whether adverse impact for AFOQT subtests is an artifact of AFOQT content andor its development. The prevalence of adverse impact for other similar tests provides substantial evidence that that is not the case. Adverse impact is common to all large-scale testing programs. This study explores implementable methods to reduce adverse impact of the AFOQT. This study reviewed academic research of methods to mitigate adverse impact with the goal of adopting successful methods for AFOQT subtests.

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Psychology

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[A, Approved For Public Release]