Factor structure of the air force officer qualifying test form S: Analysis and comparison with previous forms

Fritz Drasgow, Christopher D. Nye, Thomas R. Carretta, Malcolm James Ree

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Abstract

Due to its importance for assignment and classification in the U.S. Air Force, the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT) has received a substantial amount of research. Recently, the AFOQT was revised to reduce administrative burden and test-taker fatigue. However, the new version, the AFOQT Form S, was implemented without explicitly examining the latent structure of the exam. The current study examined the factor structure of Form S as well as its measurement equivalence across race- and sex-based groups. Results indicated that a bifactor model with a general intelligence factor and five content-specific factors fit the best. The measurement equivalence of the AFOQT across gender and racial/ethnic groups was also supported.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)68-85
Number of pages18
JournalMilitary Psychology
Volume22
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)

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