Assessment of Numerical Skills of Navy Enlisted Personnel.
TRAINING ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION GROUP (NAVY) ORLANDO FL
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The purpose of this study was twofold to examine the extent of basic numerical skills deficiencies in the population of recruits bound for Apprentice Training and to examine whether selected Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery ASVAB test scores could be used to predict numerical skills performance. This project was undertaken by the Training Analysis and Evaluation Group TAEG and Academic Remedial Training ART, Recruit Training Command, Orlando, as part of a larger project tasked by the Chief of Naval Education and Training in the area of improving basic academic skills. Of 293 recruits bound for Apprentice Training, more than 100 failed to pass a basic test of Navy numerical skills. Deficiencies were in the area of application of math skills rather than in the basic numerical operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. When selected ASVAB scores were analyzed, an effective formula was derived to predict a numerical skills deficit. The ASVAB subtest score for Arithmetic Reasoning AR, combined with Paragraph Comprehensive PC and Numerical Operations NO scores, was found to be the best predictor. Author
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