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January 2011 Updating Occupational Ability Profiles with O*NET Content Model Descriptors

This paper describes the update of the Occupational Ability Profiles (OAPs) used with the O*NET Ability Profiler Career Exploration Tool and scoring program. Procedures used to link O*NET descriptors to abilities measured by the O*NET Ability Profiler are described. Analyses used to determine the most effective way to develop new OAPs using updated O*NET occupational information are presented. The research described was conducted using O*NET 13.0 database. (Note that the OAPs included in the O*NET Ability Profiler Scoring Program (APSP), Version 4, were developed using the O*NET 15.0 database. The APSP will be updated annually, following the release of new versions of the O*NET database.)

Validation results indicate that the new OAPs are appropriate for matching individual scores on the Ability Profiler to occupations found in the O*NET system. Furthermore, comparing the new OAPs to those originally computed suggest that both are measuring similar aspects of an individual's abilities, but are also clearly distinct. The new OAPs enable users to take advantage of the most up-to-date occupational information in their career search, using their abilities to explore the world of work.

September 2010 Linking Client Assessment Profiles to O*NET Occupational Profiles Within the O*NET Ability Profiler

The information contained in this report is based on sections of the report Linking Client Assessment Profiles to O*NET Occupational Profiles (1999). The report describes the procedures used to compare and match a client's assessment profiles obtained from one or more of the O*NET Career Exploration Tools to O*NET-SOC occupation profiles. The report describes the corresponding algorithms developed for clients using a single O*NET tool and for clients using multiple tools. In order to link individuals' scores to O*NET-SOC occupations within O*NET Ability Profiler, the previous linkage methodology has been revised to work effectively using updated O*NET occupational data.

1999 Generation and Use of Occupational Ability Profiles for Exploring O*NET Occupational Units

This paper describes the development of the ability profiles for each occupational unit (OU) and their use in career exploration, specifically using the O*NET Ability Profiler. It includes coverage of the procedure for generating the OU-specific ability profiles, the procedure for linking clients' ability profiles to OU profiles, and the decision rules for determining the specific information that is presented within the career exploration tools.

1999 Linking Client Assessment Profiles to O*NET Occupational Profiles

This report describes the procedures used to compare and match a client's assessment profiles obtained from one or more of the O*NET Career Exploration Tools to O*NET-SOC occupation profiles. The report describes the corresponding algorithms developed for clients using a single O*NET tool and for clients using multiple tools.

1996 Development of General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB) Forms E and F

The primary purpose of the GATB Forms E and F Development Project was to develop alternate forms of the cognitive portion of the GATB (Parts 1-7) following procedures that met accepted professional standards. Issues addressed in development include reducing test speededness and susceptibility to coaching, investigating scoring procedures, developing items free from bias, assembling parallel forms, improving test aesthetics, and revising answer sheets and other materials.

December 1995 Equating Forms E and F of the P&P-GATB

This report provides a description of the data collection and analyses for the equating study of the new paper-and-pencil Ability Profiler forms. The report addresses issues and analyses covering equating, reliability, and construct validity.

May 1994 Implications of Deleting the Form Matching Test from the General Aptitude Test Battery

This report discusses the research that was done in response to the National Research Council's recommendation to examine deleting either the Form Matching or the Tool Matching parts from the GATB in order to allow for increased time limits for three of the GATB's power tests. The potential implications are documented and alternative procedures for computing GATB aptitude composites are developed.

May 1994 An Examination of the Speededness of the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB) Power Tests

This report provides results of an examination of the GATB's use of time limits on tests (i.e., speeded tests) measuring constructs that are conventionally measured by tests with generous time limits (i.e., nonspeeded tests).

December 1993 Review of Issue Associated with Speededness of GATB Tests

This paper presents research findings and opinions collected from a literature review related to the speed component of power tests. These findings are discussed as they pertain to four parts of the GATB: Computation, Three-Dimensional Space, Vocabulary, and Arithmetic Reasoning.