Accession Number:

ADP003346

Title:

Comparing Two AFOQT (Air Force Officer Qualifying Test) Norming Groups Using Weighted Multidimensional Scaling,

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AIR FORCE HUMAN RESOURCES LAB BROOKS AFB TX

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Report Date:

1984-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

5.0

Abstract:

In test development, finding a sample of subjects that is both accessible and representative of the target group is often a difficult process. The Air Force Officer Qualifying Test AFOQT is administered to civilian college students and graduates applying for precommissioning programs. If Basic Airmen undergoing training at Lackland AFB are a sample of the civilian applicant population, they can be used as a convenient and inexpensive source of research subjects for development of new items and subtests for the AFOQT. This study used the individual differences option of the PROC ALSCAL multidimensional scaling procedure to compare a sample of Basic Airmen with a sample of actual AFOQT examinees. AFOQT subtest intercorrelations were used as input stimulus data. Analysis of subject spaces representing the two samples indicates that there is essentially no variance and, therefore, the two norming groups are from a single target population. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE