ERIC Number: ED202872
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Adaptive Testing Without a Computer.
Friedman, David; And Others
Three prototypes of paper-and-pencil based adaptive tests were developed, refined and developed in sufficient quantities for administration to groups of 40 subjects. Two aptitude areas were employed in each prototype. These were Word Knowledge and Arithmetic Reasoning. A total of 711 Basic Airmen Recruits were administered the prototypes in both aptitude areas as well as traditional paper-and-pencil tests of both areas. Additionally, enlistment scores on the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) and the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) were available for each subject. It was found that the adaptive tests correlated highly with like-named paper-and-pencil tests and correlations with AFQT and the ASVAB were about the same for traditional tests and adaptive tests. The adaptive tests showed a large advantage in time of administration ranging from savings of one-third to one-half. It is anticipated that a full adaptive test battery based on the prototypes would allow for the addition of about six more aptitude areas. This could provide better measurement by enabling more data to be collected on each examinee. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Air Force Human Resources Lab., Brooks AFB, TX.
Authoring Institution: Research Applications, Inc., Rockville, MD.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Armed Forces Qualification Test; Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery