Accession Number:

ADA277549

Title:

Validation of the Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Control Specialist Pre-Training Screen

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION OKLAHOMA CITY OK CIVIL AEROMEDICAL INST

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1994-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

17.0

Abstract:

Two formal validation studies of the Air Traffic Control Specialist Pre-Training Screen ATCSPTS, a 5-day computer-administered test battery, are described. The ATCSPTS was designed to replace the 9-week U.S. Federal Aviation Administration FAA Academy ATCS Nonradar Screen program that served as the second major test in the ATCS selection system. Review of ATCS job analyses suggested that predictor tests should assess cognitive constructs such as spatial reasoning and short-term memory, and require dynamic, concurrent performance. A proposed test battery was developed, consisting of 2 computer- administered information processing tests and a simplified radar-based air traffic control work sample. In study 1, predictive, criterion-related validation N 438 found that the proposed test battery explained additional variability in scores earned in the 9-week FAA Academy program, after taking into account student aptitude. In study 2, criterion-related validation N 297 demonstrated that the proposed test battery was as valid as the 9-week FAA Academy ATCS Nonradar Screen for predicting progress in field training. Preliminary data from a third study conducted after validation of the ATCSPTS seem to suggest that the abilities assessed by the new computerized tests reflect the abilities required on the job. However, implementation of the ATCS PTS for actual employment decision-making in June 1992 was based on results obtained in the second concurrent, criterion-related validation study. Additional research requirements as part of an aviation human factors research program are described. Air Traffic Control Specialist, Selection, Validation, Tests, Ability, Job Analysis, Computer-administered Test.

Subject Categories:

  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Air Navigation and Guidance

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE