Accession Number : ADA297580

Title :   Potential Utility Increases From Adding New Tests to the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB).

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Sep 88-Aug 89,

Corporate Author : BATTELLE MEMORIAL INST RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK NC

Personal Author(s) : Schmidt, Frank L. ; Dunn, Wendy L. ; Hunter, John E.

PDF Url : ADA297580

Report Date : JUL 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 47

Abstract : This research examined whether the validity and classification utility of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASYAB) could be increased by adding additional predictors. The relevant literature indicated that ASYAB validity could be augmented by adding measures of (1) perceptual ability (to increase the validity of the ASVAB measurement of general mental ability) and (2) psychomotor ability. Adding perceptual ability increased the classification utility of the ASVAB by about 3%; the dollar value of this percentage increase increases over years of use of the augmented ASYAB, eventually building up to approximately $83 million per year. Adding both perceptual and psychomotor ability to ASYAB increased classification utility by approximately 5%. The eventual asymptotic value of this increase is $138 million per year. Augmenting the ASVAB produced unequal performance increases for more versus less complex jobs; this fact may be of importance to Navy policy formulation.

Descriptors :   *NAVAL PERSONNEL, *APTITUDE TESTS, TEST AND EVALUATION, JOBS, POLICIES, PREDICTIONS, NAVY, FORMULATIONS, CLASSIFICATION, MENTAL ABILITY, PERCEPTION, PSYCHOMOTOR TESTS.

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE