CAT-ASVAB Technical Bulletin Number 1
DEFENSE MANPOWER DATA CENTER ALEXANDRIA VA
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The Computerized Adaptive Testing version of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery CAT-ASVAB is one of the most thoroughly researched tests of human proficiencies in modern history. Data from over 400,000 test-takers collected over a 20-year period were used to address clinical research and development issues. In spite of its lengthy and thorough development cycle, CAT-ASVAB was the first large-scale adaptive battery to be administered in a high-stakes setting, influencing the qualification status of applicants for the U.S. Armed Forces. In the years prior to 1976, the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps each administered unique classification batteries to their respective applicants. Beginning in 1976, a Joint-Service paper-and-pencil version of the ASVAB PP-ASVAB was administered to all Military applicants. The battery was formed primarily from a collection of Service-specific tests. The use of a common battery among Services facilitated manpower management, standardized reporting on accession quality to Congress, and enabled applicants to shop among the Services without taking several test batteries.
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods