Accession Number : AD0602978

Title :   PRELIMINARY EVALUATION OF SIMULATED BRANCHING TESTS,

Descriptive Note : Technical research note,

Corporate Author : ARMY PERSONNEL RESEARCH OFFICE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Waters, Carrie Jean

Report Date : JUN 1964

Pagination or Media Count : 25

Abstract : As a basis for proceeding with the exploration of automated techniques in the psychological testing of potential input, a study was undertaken to compare conventional and branching type tests with respect to correlation between test score and ability. Using a theoretical model, five hypothetical tests were evaluated: four 5-item conventional tests in which all examinees took the same items in a fixed order of item presentation, and a branching test. The branching test contained 15 items, but each hypothetical examinee responded only to the five to which he was routed by his success or failure on the initial and successive items. Two scoring methods were tried out for the branching test: number of correct responses and integer values assigned on the basis of the difficulty level of the final item attempted and examinee's performance on that item. With either scoring method, the branching test yielded higher test-ability coefficients than did any of the conventional tests. (Author)

Descriptors :   *PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS, *TEST CONSTRUCTION(PSYCHOLOGY), *ARMY PERSONNEL, AUTOMATION, FEASIBILITY STUDIES, APTITUDE TESTS, MODEL THEORY, REACTION(PSYCHOLOGY), PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), DISTRIBUTION, CORRELATION TECHNIQUES, SIMULATION, PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT.

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE