Accession Number : ADB100005

Title :   Equivalence of Scores from Computerized Adaptive and Paper-and-Pencil ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) Tests.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : CENTER FOR NAVAL ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA MARINE CORPS OPERATIONS ANALYSIS GROUP

Personal Author(s) : Stoloff,Peter H.

Report Date : NOV 1985

Pagination or Media Count : 95

Abstract : The Department of Defense plans to introduce a computerized adaptive test (CAT) version of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). To maintain continuity of enlistment standards, scores on CAT and paper-and-pencil ASVAB tests must be interchangeable. For the purposes of this analysis, interchangeable means that the same proportion of examines should qualify and that examinees should be indifferent as to which form of the test they take. Interchangeability implies that test scores should be independent of mode of presentation, level of exposure to computers, and demographic characteristics of the examinee. That is, for a given paper-and-pencil test score, the equivalent CAT score should be the same for males and females, Caucasians and minorities, and high school graduates and nongraduates regardless of experience using computers. Scores from two tests that measure the same ability are made interchangeable by a process called equating. Scores are equated by converting one set of scores to place them on the same scale as the other. In the current context, CAT scores are to be equated to the PP ASVAB scores. Keywords: test methods; tables(data).

Descriptors :   *TEST METHODS, *COMPUTER APPLICATIONS, *SCORING, *APTITUDE TESTS, ADAPTIVE SYSTEMS, CAUCASIANS, COMPUTERS, CONTINUITY, DEFENSE PLANNING, DEMOGRAPHY, FEMALES, GRADUATES, MALES, MINORITIES, PERFORMANCE TESTS, RECRUITING, SCHOOLS, STANDARDS, ENLISTED PERSONNEL, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), TABLES(DATA)

Subject Categories : Humanities and History

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE