Scaling the Proposed New Armed Forces Qualification Test Composed of Verbal, Arithmetic Reasoning, and Math Knowledge
CENTER FOR NAVAL ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA MARINE CORPS OPERATIONS ANALYSIS GROUP
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The Numerical Operations NO subtest was made part of the Armed Forces Qualification Test AFQT in October 1980 when forms 8, 9, and 10 of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery ASVAB 8910 were introduced. The AFQT contained the Word Knowledge WK, Paragraph Comprehension PC, and Arithmetic Reasoning AR subtests, in addition to NO AFQT WK PC AR NO 2. Since 1980, the NO scores, and resultant AFQT scores, have been found to be affected by the design of test booklets and answer sheets. A more serious problem is that examinees can prepare for the NO test and thereby increase their NO scores. Most of the increase occurs at the lower range of ability. The Joint Service Selection and Classification Working Group, which is responsible for the development and maintenance of the ASVAB, recommended in 1986 that the NO subtest be dropped form the AFQT and replaced by the Math Knowledge MK subtest. The new AFQT would then be defined as AFQT WK PC AR MK. The purpose of this report is to present percentile-score norms for the proposed new AFQT in the 1980 Youth Population and the scaling of the new AFQT in current forms of the ASVAB forms 11, 12, and 13 to the 1980 score scale. Keywords Aptitude tests Skills Human performance Personnel selection.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Military Forces and Organizations