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ERIC Number: ED040246
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Pages: 4
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Pre-testing Orientation for the Disadvantaged.
Mihalka, Joseph A.
A pre-testing orientation was incorporated into the Work Incentives Program, a pre-vocational program for disadvantaged youth. Test-taking skills were taught in seven and one half hours of instruction and a variety of methods were used to provide a sequential experience with distributed learning, positive reinforcement, and immediate feedback of results to the participants. For example, a dart throwing game was used to reduce anxiety about test-taking and to illustrate the game aspects of testing. Rapport between tester and testees was encouraged by having the tester also conduct training sessions. Students were also given time to become familiar with test facilities, tests, and equipment in addition to experience with taking short timed tests. Sequential instruction helped students become familiar with simple non-standardized tests and procedures through the standardized tests used by the Employment Service. Although no evaluation design has been developed to measure results, it is assumed that, through reduction of anxiety, development of test-taking skills, and improved motivation and attitudes toward testing, the trainee would improve his test scores. (KG)
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Note: Paper presented at the American Personnel and Guidance Association Convention, New Orleans, La., March 1970