Accession Number : ADA328971

Title :   Estimating AFQT by Telephone Using a Computer Adaptive Test.

Descriptive Note : Final technical rept. Sep-Dec 96,

Corporate Author : ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA

Personal Author(s) : Legree, Peter J. ; Fischl, M. A. ; Gade, Paul A. ; Wilson, Michael

PDF Url : ADA328971

Report Date : MAR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 21

Abstract : A computer adaptive test was administered over the telephone by reading items and response alternatives to 144 individuals who had recently enlisted in the U.S. Army and had completed the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). Subject responses were entered into a computer by the telephone interviewer thereby allowing the adaptive test program to estimate aptitude with approximately 10 verbal items. Analyses indicate that the Telephone Test is highly correlated with the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) in the sample we tested, r = .66; the bivariate correction for range restriction estimated this population correlation to be .81. A confirmatory factor analysis produced a four factor solution with the Telephone Test loading at a very high level (.91) on a Verbal factor, which had a substantial loading (.72) on a higher order factor. The magnitude of the factor loadings and the administration time (5 to 10 minutes) indicate that the procedure provides an excellent measure of crystallized Verbal aptitude that can be incorporated into brief telephone interviews and used to estimate AFQT and general aptitude.

Descriptors :   *RESPONSE, *ADAPTIVE SYSTEMS, *APTITUDE TESTS, *INTERVIEWING, COMPUTERS, POPULATION, CORRELATION, SOLUTIONS(GENERAL), SURVEYS, BIVARIATE ANALYSIS, CORRECTIONS, READING, FACTOR ANALYSIS, VERBAL BEHAVIOR.

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE