A Tale of Two Test Batteries: A Comparison of the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test and the Multidimensional Aptitude Battery.
Interim rept. Jun-Aug 97,
ARMSTRONG LAB WILLIAMS AFB AZ HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTORATE
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The Air Force Officer Qualifying Test AFOQT and the Multidimensional Aptitude Battery MAB were administered to 2,233 U.S. Air Force pilot candidates to investigate the common sources of variance in these batteries. The AFOQT was operationally administered as part of the officer commissioning and aircrew selection testing requirement. The MAB is a clinical test battery and was administered to provide an intellectual baseline to assist clinicians when it becomes necessary to evaluate pilots with cognitive referral questions. A joint factor analysis of the AFOQT and MAB revealed that each battery had a hierarchical structure. The higher-order factor in the AFOQT previously had been identified as general cognitive ability g. The intercorrelation between the higher-order factors from the batteries was .981, indicating that both measured g. Although both batteries measured g and included verbal, spatial, and perceptual speed tests, the AFOQT also included tests of aviation knowledge not found in the MAE. Additional studies are required to evaluate the utility of the AFOQT for clinical assessment and the MAB for officer and aircrew selection.
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