Accession Number : AD0620668

Title :   INVESTIGATION OF THE UNITED STATES NAVY CLERICAL APTITUDE TEST, FORM 6,

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL PERSONNEL RESEARCH ACTIVITY SAN DIEGO CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Curtis,Ervin W.

Report Date : AUG 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 34

Abstract : An investigation of the content, format, and validity of the United States Navy Clerical Aptitude Test, Form 6 was undertaken. The data of a previous investigation were analyzed in order to see if the statistical assumptions underlying the data analyses were satisfied, to determine the effect of waivers (selectees whose selection test scores were below th operational cutoff) upon the validity coefficients, and to determine how well CLER would predict broad categories of final grade. It was concluded that previous analyses gave a true indication that CLER aids significantly, but only slightly, in selecting recruits for these schools. Various ways of improving CLER and its utilization were considered. Several aspects of the format of CLER were criticized. The investigation was extended to the search for a clerical aptitude test that would be more valuable to the Navy than CLER. Eleven short clerical aptitude tests were administered to successive classes in seven A-Schools. Scores on several of these tests were more highly correlated with final grade than was CLER. These tests also augmented the correlations of GCT and ARI with final grade more than did CLER. The principle recommendations were: (1) Replacement of CLER by its short form (United States Navy Clerical Aptitude Test, Form SB-1) until a better test can be put into operation. (2) Construction of a test similar to the Coding Test of the U. S. Army Clerical Speed Test, followed by research to determine the advisability of replacing CLER with a Navy version of that test. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*APTITUDE TESTS, NAVAL PERSONNEL), (*NAVAL PERSONNEL, SELECTION), TEST CONSTRUCTION(PSYCHOLOGY), CORRELATION TECHNIQUES, STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, TABLES(DATA)

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