Accession Number : AD0710618

Title :   DEMOGRAPHIC DIFFERENCES IN APTITUDE TEST PERFORMANCE,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE HUMAN RESOURCES LAB LACKLAND AFB TEX PERSONNEL RESEARCH DIV

Personal Author(s) : Guinn,Nancy ; Tupes,Ernest ; Alley,William E.

Report Date : MAY 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 34

Abstract : The joint and independent relationships between aptitude test performance and certain demographic-cultural variables were investigated as well as the relationships between these variables and the aptitude test factor content. Five test batteries were administered to groups of approximately 1,900 subjects each. Multiple linear regression analyses indicated that there were significant interaction effects for six of the selected tests. The relationship between the cultural variables combined and each aptitude test was significant for all tests. Significant net relationships of race, educational level, and geographical area were found with a majority of tests although wide differences were found among aptitude tests in their sensitivity to demographic-cultural influences. With regard to factor content, race appeared to be related to tests in most factor areas, with its highest relationhip in the mechanical area. Education had the highest relationships with verbal, numerical, and reasoning factors and the lowest relationships with the mechanical area. No discernible trend with regard to factor content was noted for geographical area. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*AIR FORCE PERSONNEL, APTITUDE TESTS), (*APTITUDE TESTS, *CULTURE), PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), FACTOR ANALYSIS, EDUCATION, GEOGRAPHY

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Humanities and History
      Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE