Criterion-Referenced Job Proficiency Testing: A Large Scale Application
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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The Armys Skill Qualification Test SQT is designed to test levels of competence in performance of the jobs crucial to an enlisted soldiers Military Occupational Specialty MOS. Each SQT is based on task analysis of the job as described in the Soldiers Manual for that job, thus providing open knowledge of the requirements. An SQT consists of scorable units for the tasks involved in the job. A number of test items, each one covering a critical element of job performance, make up a scorable unit, which is scored GO if the soldier has demonstrated acceptable mastery of the task in question. The nature of the task determines whether both hands-on performance tests and written- performance based tests are used in the scorable units. Tests must be fair to all soldiers and feasible for standardized worldwide administration. Test scores indicate an individuals level of competence and hence paygrade or need for further training. Test scores also provide personnel management with specific performance data on which to base personnel decisions.
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