ERIC Number: ED213765
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Reading, Readability, Motivation and Test Validity.
Brittain, Clay V.; Brittain, Mary M.
This study was concerned specifically with the performance of soldiers on Skill Qualification Tests (SQT) in relation to the readability of the tests. The paper also touches upon the effects of soldiers' motivation and training on SQT performance. Regarding readability, the study was designed to address three questions: does the readability of SQT match that of the target soldier population; to what extent is reading ability a factor in the SQT performance of soldiers; and to what extent is the association between reading ability and SQT performace modified by other factors, specifically soldier motivation? Results of an analysis of ten SQT and related data showed: the readability of the ten SQT included in this study match the reading ability in the target soldier population; (2) soldier reading ability and SQT readability are important factors in SQT performance, as evidenced by reviews of SQT by outside experts, and soldier responses indicating difficulty in understanding the skill component of the SQT; (3) soldier motivation as expressed in military career intentions, and opinions about the importance of the SQT was not related to SQT scores; (4) emphasis on the SQT as reflected in the early delivery of the SQT Notice and training of soldiers was related to SQT scores; and (5) findings are negative concerning the association between soldier reading ability and SQT performance, as the association might be modified by other factors. (Author/GK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Skill Qualification Test
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Military Testing Association (23rd, Washington, DC, October 1981).