De-Mystifying Employment Test Validation: A Process to Get High Validity Coefficients

Consulting Psychology Journal, Summer 1993

6 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2015

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Joan E. Pynes

University of South Florida

Edward Harrick

Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

Robert Daugherty

Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

Diane Schaefer

Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

Date Written: 1993

Abstract

This article presents a model of test validation which yielded high validity and reliability coefficients. The study was conducted for a mid-level secretary position in a state universities civil service system. An employment selection test was developed around 25 tasks of work identified in the job analysis. A research performance appraisal was developed with behavioral statements which matched each of the test sections. The validity coefficients of the composite test scores of Form A and Form B and the composite performance appraisal rating of each incumbent were .55 and .49, respectively. The reliability coefficient for Form A and Form B is .94. These high validity and reliability coefficients compare favorable with the literature reviews of criterion validity studies with clerical positions.

Keywords: clerical examinations, civil service, test validity

Suggested Citation

Pynes, Joan E. and Harrick, Edward and Daugherty, Robert and Schaefer, Diane, De-Mystifying Employment Test Validation: A Process to Get High Validity Coefficients (1993). Consulting Psychology Journal, Summer 1993. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2573111

Joan E. Pynes (Contact Author)

University of South Florida ( email )

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Edward Harrick

Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville ( email )

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Edwardsville, IL 62026-1102
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Robert Daugherty

Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville ( email )

1 Hairpin Drive
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1102
United States

Diane Schaefer

Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville ( email )

1 Hairpin Drive
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1102
United States

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