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Steps for Developing a Validated Work Sample Physical Ability Test

"Many employment situations require workers to be physically 'strong' and 'fit,' as well as many combinations between each. Many truck driver positions, for example, require drivers to exert substantial feats of strength (e.g., installing heavy tire chains in the snow, strapping and securing a load, etc.) sporadically between hours of low cardiovascular exertion (e.g., driving). Other positions (warehouse 'order pickers' for example), may require workers to be both 'strong' and 'fit' while they maintain constant workloads that demand both strength and fitness for an entire shift.

In situations where the physical job demands are rigorous, the best way to insure that applicants are job-ready is to develop a work sample test that replicates and mirrors a 'vital snapshot' of the job. In this way, whatever combination of strength and fitness that is required for the actual job is mirrored on the pre-employment test (as much of each that can feasibly be included on a pre-employment test). Research strongly suggests there will be fewer dissatisfied test takers if the content of a test is transparently similar to the content of the job, such that those who fail the test would realize that they would not successfully perform the job."

(from Adverse Impact and Test Validation: A Practitioner's Handbook, 3rd Edition, by Dr. Dan Biddle)>>Download the Developing a Validated Work Sample PAT Overview Slides (PDF)
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