Implementing the Criterion Referenced USAF (United States Air Force) Apprentice Knowledge Test Program
AIR FORCE OCCUPATIONAL MEASUREMENT CENTER RANDOLPH AFB TX
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To improve the AKTs, USAFOMC initiated a series of studies. In the first study, AKT scores were compared for three groups beginning trainees and graduates of a technical training course for general vehicle maintenance, and airmen already selected for bypass in that specialty. Mean scores for both the beginning trainees and bypass group were significantly lower than the mean score for graduates. Differences in scores of beginning trainees and graduates showed the test was able to discriminate among levels of knowledge for a specialty. Differences in scores of the bypass group and graduates demonstrated specialty knowledge differences between a group seeking apprentice skill level and a group just completing formal technical training. In comparison, the score at the tenth percentile of graduates was the same as the score at the seventy-fifth percentile of the bypass group. Using the score just above the tenth percentile as a passing score, some airmen previously selected as bypass specialists would not be qualified.
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