Accession Number:

ADA053675

Title:

Use of the Occupational Knowledge Test to Assign Extra Credit in Selection of Air Traffic Controllers,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION WASHINGTON D C OFFICE OF AVIATION MEDICINE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1978-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

13.0

Abstract:

The Occupational Knowledge Test OKT 101-B was administered to 784 air traffic control trainees who entered the FAA Academys 16-week training course in 1976. All trainees completed the nonradar laboratory portion of the training and in addition completed a preemployment questionnaire. Based on responses to the questionnaire, the trainees were assigned to one of three experience groups corresponding to groups given credit for experience using Civil Service Commission CSC selection procedures. It was found that the OKT was highly correlated with experience r .64 and in addition the OKT had a higher correlation with successful completion of the nonradar lab than did experience r .25 vs. .12. It was determined that use of an OKT score of 75 or above to assign extra credit would result in a failure rate of 3.1 percent for those receiving credit, while use of the current experience scale would result in a failure rate of 7.6 percent for those receiving extra credit on the CSC selection battery. The results held up a cross-validation sample of 432 trainees who entered the Academy during 1977. Based on the results, it is recommended that an OKT score of 75 or above be used to assign extra credit for experience in the selection of air traffic controllers. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE