Response Latency Measures for Biographical Inventories
Technical rept. 1 Mar 1989-31 Dec 1990
EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICE PRINCETON NJ
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This study assessed the usefulness of response latency data for biographical inventory items in improving the inventorys validity. The Armed Services Applicant Profile ASAP was computer administered to Navy Recruits, and the regular score, latency-weighted scores, and measures of deviant latencies were obtained. The latency-weighted scores did not improve the ASAPs validity in predicting six-month retention, when used instead of or in addition to the regular score, and the measures of deviant latencies did not function as suppressor or moderator variables to improve the ASAPs validity. But subgroups of items with differing latencies varied systematically in their internal- consistency reliability with increased reliability for subgroups with shorter latencies and a small group of items with moderate latencies was almost as valid as the regular score, suggesting that latency data may be useful in writing and selecting inventory items.
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