ERIC Number: ED186081
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
An Aptitude-Test Battery for Court-Reporter Training: Initial Results of a Longitudinal Validation Study.
Jacobsen, Linda S.; Borchardt, Gordon C.
In order to identify a battery of aptitude tests which could adequately predict the success of applicants to its court-reporting program, MacCormac Junior College contracted with Science Research Associates in Fall 1976 to conduct a longitudinal validation study of court-reporting aptitude measures. Eight tests were administered to each court-reporting student enrolled at the beginning of the Fall term, yielding 26 scores for each student. These scores were measured against a numerical scale reflecting the student's eventual status as: (1) withdrew; (2) accepted a stenographic diploma; (3) earned an Associate degree (A.A.), but failed to pass the state Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR) exam; (4) earned and A.A. and passed the CSR after more than one try; and (5) earned an A.A. and passed the CSR on the first try. Study results indicated that the correlation between the predictive variables and student success was highest on four measures: typing placement test; social studies reading score from the American College Testing examination; the goal orientation subscale of the Survey of Personal Values; and the language subsection of the Short Test of Clerical Ability. If the average composite score for these items had been used as an entrance criterion, 53% of the entering freshmen would have passed the CSR, instead of the 35% who actually did. The study report describes each of the four predictive criteria. (JP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Admissions Counseling, Aptitude Tests, Clerical Occupations, Clerical Workers, Court Reporters, Employment Qualifications, Goal Orientation, Job Skills, Language Skills, Longitudinal Studies, Occupational Tests, Personality Assessment, Predictive Measurement, Predictive Validity, Predictor Variables, Program Development, Reading Tests, Screening Tests, Shorthand, State Licensing Boards, State Standards, Success, Testing Programs, Two Year Colleges, Typewriting, Vocabulary Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: MacCormac Junior Coll., Berkeley, IL.