ERIC Number: ED228293
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Reading Abilities Tests: Development and Norming for Air Force Use.
Mathews, John J.; Roach, Bennie W.
This report describes the development and norming of parallel forms of the Air Force Reading Abilities Test (AFRAT) which have been designed for Air Force use as replacements for commercial reading tests. A previous study on service applicants found considerably divergent reading grade levels (RGL's) from different commercial tests for subjects of the same Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery ability level. In addition to varying norms, the use of commercial tests has several other drawbacks, including high testing material costs and RGL norms of unknown appropriateness for military personnel. The goal of this effort was to develop reading tests with appropriate norms. Samples of airmen (n=12,938) were experimentally administered reading tests, including one or two forms of the AFRAT. After editing, analyses were done to determine the equivalence of the AFRAT forms, their relationships to other tests, AFRAT raw score to RGL equivalents, and training grade validity of AFRAT item types. The two parallel forms of the AFRAT appear to meet administrative and psychometric specifications. AFRAT appears to be a highly reliable instrument and is recommended as a replacement for commercial reading tests. (Author/PN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Air Force Human Resources Lab., Brooks AFB, TX. Manpower and Personnel Div.
Identifiers: Air Force Reading Abilities Test; Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery; Commercially Prepared Materials; Parallel Test Forms; Synonyms