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The Air Force Officer Qualifying Test : validity, fairness, and bias

Author: Chaitra M Hardison; Carra S Sims; Eunice C Wong; Project Air Force (U.S.)
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA. : RAND, ©2010.
Series: Technical report (Rand Corporation), TR-744-AF.
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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  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Chaitra M Hardison; Carra S Sims; Eunice C Wong; Project Air Force (U.S.)
ISBN: 9780833047793 0833047795
OCLC Number: 467359366
Notes: "TR-744-AF."
"RAND Project Air Force."
"Prepared for the United States Air Force."
Description: xviii, 62 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
Contents: What is the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test? --
Is the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test a valuable and useful test? --
Should the SAT replace the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test? --
Are there any other tests that could be used to select officers? --
Conclusions.
Series Title: Technical report (Rand Corporation), TR-744-AF.
Responsibility: Chaitra M. Hardison, Carra S. Sims, Eunice C. Wong.

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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.

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