Accession Number : ADP001338

Title :   Applying Linguistic Theory to Job-Related Verbal Tests,


Personal Author(s) : Kenaston,Alicia

Report Date : 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : Ongoing research at OPM has indicated the applicability of linguistic theory to the development of tests containing a verbal component. The ultimate aim of this research is a practical set of construction roles that will allow item writers to control the reading level of a test so that it (1) is job-related and (2) does not impede, to any significant level, performance on item types which are intended to test a non-verbal ability. This paper describes a technique for measuring and controlling verbal difficulty based on applied linguistic theory. The technique has been used successfully to control the effect of verbal complexity on performance on a test of deductive reasoning. It is currently being evaluated to determine its usefulness in identifying the reading level of a job and in developing a job-related reading test. The technique is explained, with examples, and its application to job-related verbal tests is discussed.

Descriptors :   *Linguistics, Theory, Jobs, Indexes, Reasoning, Performance tests, Symposia

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE