From ABLE to TAPAS: A new generation of personality tests to support military selection and classification decisions

Stephen Stark, Oleksandr S. Chernyshenko, Fritz Drasgow, Christopher D. Nye, Leonard A. White, Tonia Heffner, William L. Farmer

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Abstract

This article discusses 3 modern forced-choice personality tests developed for the U.S Armed Services to provide resistance to faking and other forms of response distortion: the Assessment of Individual Motivation, the Navy Computerized Adaptive Personality Scales, and the Tailored Adaptive Personality Assessment System. These tests represent the transition from Likert to forced-choice formats and from static to computerized adaptive item selection to meet the challenges of large-scale, high-stakes testing environments. For each test, we briefly describe the personality constructs that are assessed, the response format and scoring methods, and selected ongoing research and development efforts. We also highlight the potential of these tests for personnel selection, classification, and diagnostic screening purposes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-164
Number of pages12
JournalMilitary Psychology
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

Keywords

  • Computerized adaptive testing
  • Forced choice
  • Ideal point
  • Narrow factors
  • Personality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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