ERIC Number: ED396107
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Basic Skills Testing & Training. 1996 AMA Survey. Summary of Key Findings.
American Management Association, New York, NY.
The American Management Association's (AMA) 10th annual survey on workplace testing was mailed in January 1996 to a sample of its 9,500 member companies, resulting in 961 usable responses. The survey sought to determine how many firms test for "basic skills," how job applicants perform on these tests, how much the tests costs, and what firms do with the test results. The questionnaire defined basic skills as the ability to read instructions, write reports, and/or do arithmetic at a level adequate to perform common workplace tasks. Findings were as follows: the share of surveyed firms that perform testing in basic skills has remained relatively constant since 1991, with about 40-45 percent of the firms testing; most testing was for job applicants for entry-level jobs; job applicant testing, like testing overall, has shown scant growth since 1991, although there has been a rapid increase in applicant testing for mathematics skills; the share of applicants deficient in basic skills remains high; one-third of the 635,000 job applicants tested by respondent firms from 1990-1995 lacked the literacy and/or mathematics skills necessary to do the job for which they applied; 87 percent of firms that test job applicants do not hire applicants whose skills are deficient; testing costs averaged $26,098 per firm, but 70 percent of the firms spent less than $10,000; the number of firms that test current employees dropped from 30 percent to 19 percent from 1995-1996; nearly half of surveyed companies that test current employees provide remedial training for skills-deficient workers; and one-third of the remedial programs were designed entirely by an outside provider and more than half are delivered entirely by outside providers. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Management Association, New York, NY.