Literature Review: Validity and Potential Usefulness of Psychomotor Ability Tests for Personnel Selection and Classification
HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH ORGANIZATION ALEXANDRIA VA
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The psychomotor ability literature was reviewed to determine the validity and potential usefulness of psychomotor ability tests for personnel selection and classification. Over 2,200 psychomotor test validity coefficients were located. These were tabulated by ability using Fleishmans psychomotor ability taxonomy, criterion e.g., school vs. training vs. job performance, and job type. Analyses of these data showed that psychomotor tests had been used successfully to predict training and job performance for many different occupations. Barriers to the use of psychomotor tests were also investigated. Reliability data indicate that psychomotor measures are not unstable. Moreover, the possibility of using computerized tests in the future to assess psychomotor abilities should eradicate the problem of apparatus differences which has historically plagued psychomotor testing.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods