[IPAC-List] Validity data regarding cognitive tests and job performance

Tan, James A. jatan at stcloudstate.edu
Sat Oct 4 18:59:08 EDT 2014


That statement probably is due to individuals defaulting to citing Hunter's studies showing the predictive validity of cognitive ability tests. But in the 30 years since then, dozens of studies have been published that used other cognitive ability tests in non-military and private sector samples. See Ones, Dilchert, and Viswesvaran (2012) for a review.

Hunter, J. E. (1980). Validity generalization for 12,000 jobs: An application of synthetic validity and validity generalization to the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Labor, Employment Service.

Hunter, J. E. (1986). Cognitive ability, cognitive aptitudes, job knowledge, and job performance. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 29, 340-362.

Ones, D. S., Dilchert, S., & Viswesvaran, C. (2012). Cognitive abilities. In N. Schmitt (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of personnel assessment and selection (pp. 179-224). New York: Oxford University Press.


James A. Tan, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Management
St. Cloud State University
Saint Cloud, MN 56301-4498

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I came across the following statement and was wondering whether there is a high level of agreement among IO psychologists regarding its accuracy.

Most of the validity data demonstrating the strong connection between cognitive test scores and job performance come from two specific cognitive tests: the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) and the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB).

Do you all consider this to be true?

Also, when you speak of cognitive tests, do you include tests of job knowledge and tests of abilities such as reading, writing, and analysis? Or do you consider those another type of test?


René Shekerjian

NYS Department of Civil Service

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