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ERIC Number: ED510331
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 80
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 99
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-8330-4779-3
The Air Force Officer Qualifying Test: Validity, Fairness, and Bias. Technical Report
Hardison, Chaitra M.; Sims, Carra S.; Wong, Eunice C.
RAND Corporation
The Air Force has long recognized the importance of selecting the most qualified officers possible. For more than 60 years, it has relied on the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT) as one measure of those qualifications. A variety of concerns have been raised about whether the AFOQT is biased, too expensive, or even valid for predicting officer success. The authors conducted a literature search to answer these concerns. They conclude that the AFOQT is a good selection test that predicts important Air Force outcomes and is not biased against minorities or women. The Air Force would not benefit by replacing the AFOQT with the SAT primarily because it would still have to administer subtests that measure specific aptitudes and knowledge needed for predicting pilot and combat systems officer success. However, other valid selection tools, such as personality tests, could be used to complement the AFOQT. Individual chapters contain footnotes. A glossary is included. (Contains 8 figures and 8 tables.) [This report was prepared for the United States Air Force and sponsored by the Air Force Directorate of Force Management Policy.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: RAND Project Air Force
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: SAT (College Admission Test)