ERIC Number: ED124588
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Development of An Enlisted Psychomotor/Perceptual Test Battery. Final Report.
Hunter, David R.
It may be possible, using assessments of motor and perceptual skills which are largely independent of ethnic and educational background, to admit to the military individuals who would be rejected on the basis of their paper-and-pencil test scores, but who through their performance on non-verbal measures, can be identified as highly likely to succeed in certain careers. For this reason, a battery of seven tests was developed to measure kinesthetic memory, perceptual speed, performance under stress, associative learning, immediate and delayed memory, concept identification, and performance under divided attention. To determine the factor structure and the psychometric characteristics of the battery, 21 paper-and-pencil tests were administered to a sample of airmen. The measures from the psychomotor/perceptual battery were generally highly reliable. Factor analyses resulted in the identification of six factors specific to the psychomotor/perceptual battery, four to the paper-and-pencil measures, and one factor common to both batteries. Further, the sample was divided into upper and lower groups based on Armed Forces Qualification Tests (ADQT) scores. Their performance on the paper-and-pencil and psychomotor/perceptual batteries was compared and differences evaluated for statistical significance. The differences between the groups were generally much smaller on the psychomotor/perceptual tests than on the paper-and-pencil measures. (EVH)
Descriptors: Ability, Associative Learning, Comparative Analysis, Computer Oriented Programs, Enlisted Personnel, Factor Analysis, Kinesthetic Perception, Memory, Perception Tests, Performance Tests, Predictive Validity, Psychometrics, Psychomotor Skills, Statistical Significance, Test Reliability, Tests
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Air Force Human Resources Lab., Brooks AFB, TX.
Authoring Institution: Air Force Human Resources Lab., Lackland AFB, TX. Personnel Research Div.