Accession Number : AD0649650

Title :   PRELIMINARY VALIDATION OF THE OMNIBUS TEST BATTERY: I. SOIL CONSERVATIONISTS,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE WASHINGTON D C PERSONNEL RESEARCH STAFF

Personal Author(s) : Harmon,Francis L.

Report Date : APR 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 18

Abstract : The report describes the first validation study of the Omnibus Battery of the Department of Agriculture's experimental testing program. One hundred seventy-three Soil Conservationists, all of whom had been employed a year or longer since testing, were rated by their supervisors on four aspects of job performance. Multiple regression analyses were carried out to find the six tests which, in combination, would best predict ratings in each performance factor. Multiple correlations between tests and performance ratings ranged from .29 to .35. When the four separate ratings were pooled into a single measure of overall job effectiveness, the multiple correlations rose to .38 for employees in GS grades 5 and 7, and .44 for those in grades 9 and 11. If these last results can be verified by cross-validation, the six tests upon which they are based might be used advantageously to improve accuracy in selecting new employees. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, *APTITUDE TESTS), SELECTION, TEST CONSTRUCTION(PSYCHOLOGY), PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), ACCURACY, STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, EMPLOYMENT, PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS, PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE