Accession Number:

ADP003257

Title:

Physical Performance Tests as Predictors of Task Performance

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE

Report Date:

1984-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

5.0

Abstract:

Test Development The more arduous the task, the greater the intensity of force which must be applied per unit of time to overcome resistance or achieve rate. Intensity is commonly called workload with magnitude expressed in appropriate units of power. Two complex factors determine the limits for which an individual can produce energy and generate the requisite power capacity to utilize oxygen, and ability to generate muscular tension. The former is called aerobic power and the latter strength. From the foregoing discussion it can be seen that it is impossible to replicate the significant components of physically demanding occupations. If a test can be demonstrated to represent important job components it is valid to use the test in applications such as pre-employment screening. Nevertheless, because of the legal guidelines and changing professional standards surrounding test validation, there are some important issues to consider in order to firmly establish the defensibility of a physical performance test.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE