Wednesday, February 18, 2015

General Mental Ability Tests

 tests are used to measure such cognitive factors as spatial, verbal, and math skills

General mental ability tests can have adverse impact on certain racial and ethnic groups.  In fact, OPM discontinued the use of the Professional and Administrative Careers Examination (PACE), a general mental ability test, in response to a 1979 lawsuit claiming the test had adverse impact on African-Americans and Hispanics. At that time, PACE was the Government’s primary assessment tool for almost 120 occupations at the GS-5 and GS-7 levels. Some researchers argue that combining cognitive testing with other non-cognitive measures can alleviate the adverse impact resulting from cognitive ability tests. But no real consensus exists on this point.

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