Equivalence of Computer and Paper-and-Pencil Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Tests
Final rept. Apr 1984-Jan 1986
MINNESOTA UNIV MINNEAPOLIS DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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In order to investigate the possibility of obtaining equivalent results between computer and paper-and-pencil test administration, selected subtests of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery ASVAB were programmed for cathode-ray-tube CRT administration. Speeded subtest items were presented two ways one at a time, and in blocks of several items. Paragraph comprehension items, which were too long to fit on the CRT screen, were presented in three different scrolling modes. The graphical portions of items were displayed from edited code created by a commercial digitizer. These CRT subtests were then compared with their paper-and-pencil counterparts using Air Force recruits in a counterbalanced design. Results indicated that obtaining equivalence between paper-and-pencil and computer administration appears feasible. Graphical items present the least difficulty. Item production for one type of speeded subtest was best approximated by single-item CRT presentation, and for another type of speeded subtest by CRT presentation of blocks of items. Additional research is required for the too long paragraph comprehension items in which more practice with the scrolling may be useful.
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