Examining coaching and retest effects on aptitude tests

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dc.contributor.advisor Day, Arla L. (Arla Lauree), 1968-
dc.creator Florko, Lauren
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-21T13:16:29Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-21T13:16:29Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.other HF5381.7 F58 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/xmlui/handle/01/23227
dc.description vi, 84 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm. en_CA
dc.description Includes abstract and appendices.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 44-49).
dc.description.abstract Cognitive tests are commonly used in employment settings because they are strong predictors of job performance. Although cognitive tests are beneficial in selection settings, they have potential drawbacks. Test scores may artificially increase from retesting and from studying test materials and aids beforehand (coaching effects). Studies have examined these effects, but have yet to investigate why these effects exist. The purpose of this study was to conduct an experiment to examine coaching and retesting effects on two aptitude tests. Thirty-nine participants completed two testing sessions composed of these aptitude tests and questions about general test-taking attitudes. The combined total effect of coaching and retesting led to a significant increase in aptitude test scores. However, test-taking anxiety, test-taking stress, test-taking familiarity, and test-taking motivation did not uniquely contribute to these effects. Future research should examine other possible explanations of why these effects exist. en_CA
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dc.language.iso en en_CA
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University en_CA
dc.subject.lcc HF5381.7
dc.subject.lcsh Occupational aptitude tests
dc.subject.lcsh Ability -- Testing
dc.subject.lcsh Employment tests
dc.title Examining coaching and retest effects on aptitude tests en_CA
dc.title.alternative Practice and coaching effects en_CA
dc.type Text en_CA
thesis.degree.name Master of Science in Applied Psychology
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Psychology
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)
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