Television as Stimulus Input in Synthetic Performance Testing
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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As part of an effort to provide more economical methods for job-skill evaluation in the Enlisted Personnel Management System EPMS, a study investigated the use of television as a means of providing test item presentation. The television scene provided the job setting for each item and then posed a question that required a real-time response from the examinee. All items were job-connected and therefore represented simulated skill items. The examinee responded directly to the face of the television screen by means of an electronic stylus or gun reticle. The test was compared with a paper-and pencil test which covered the same items and a hands-on performance test which covered many of the same items. The results indicated that television testing is very acceptable to soldiers and feasible. The validity of the prototype test could not be determined precisely because the criterion hands-on test was not usable.