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An Investigation into the Construct Validity of Three Career Skills Exercises CSAP

Grandy, Jerilee E.
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ETS Research Report
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College Board, Career Choice, Career Education, Career Skills Assessment Program (CSAP), Guidance, Test Validity


A career development questionnaire (CDQ) was developed because a search failed to find any other appropriate instrument that might be used to measure the convergent validity of the CSAP. The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) and a test of general information were used to investigate the discriminant validity of the CSAP because verbal or academic ability has often been found to contribute to the variance of career-related measures that were not intended to be measures of academic ability. The major measurement components of the study were first analyzed separately and then the complete model was analyzed together. The results showed that the three CSAP skills measures produced reliable scores, that about half of their variance could not be explained through correlations with any of the other measures, and that most of the explainable variance was due to verbal ability.

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