ERIC Number: ED170346
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Research on Methods of Synthetic Performance Testing. Final Report.
Osborn, William C.; Ford, J. Patrick
A synthetic performance test is a job performance test that has been degraded to some degree in the range of tasks covered or in the fidelity of stimulus/response features. Since further development is needed before synthetic performance testing is valid and efficient, this research project focused on three objectives: to (1) identify problems hindering test efficiency; (2) develop a tentative model of synthetic testing procedures; and (3) explore portions of the model experimentally. Two sources of difficulty in developing efficient performance tests were identified: task conditions and task behavior; synthetic test methods were suggested as appropriate for certain task conditions. A model was developed for synthetic testing, in which a task was characterized in three dimensions--behavioral, skill, and affective. Type of task, task element sampling, and testing method were included as elements of the model. The model was pilot tested by knowledge testing of low-skill tasks as well as synthetic testing of skilled psychomotor tasks; both tasks involved pistol firing. Results indicated that the model is promising. (A sample test for telephone installers is appended). (Author/GDC)
Descriptors: Adults, Group Testing, Intelligence, Job Analysis, Job Skills, Knowledge Level, Mastery Tests, Military Personnel, Models, Performance Tests, Postsecondary Education, Psychomotor Skills, Research Reports, Simulation, Task Performance, Test Construction, Test Validity, Testing, Testing Problems
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Army Research Inst. for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Human Resources Research Organization, Alexandria, VA.
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