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Unformatted text preview: PAC Exam Overview and Sample Items © 2003-2005 Professional Aptitude Council, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Proprietary & ConF dential. © 2003-2005 Professional Aptitude Council, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Proprietary & ConF dential. About the Contents of This Document The purpose of this document is to provide introductory information about the PAC Exam. This document includes information regarding the contents of the PAC exam, as well as a selection of the items that make up the various scales of our exam. This information is presented in the following sections: Part I. Background Information About the PAC Exam Part II. Overview of Exam Contents and Sample Items © 2003-2005 Professional Aptitude Council, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Proprietary & ConF dential. Part I: Background Information About the PAC Exam PAC is proud to offer an exam that refl ects decades of research into the human traits required for successful performance in IT-related positions. We have taken great care to ensure that our exam is of the highest quality and has been created using the proper scientiF c methods. © 2003-2005 Professional Aptitude Council, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Proprietary & ConF dential. Origins Our exam has its origins in a tradition of scientiF c research that extends back several decades. This research includes work conducted by PAC in collaboration with our corporate partners, work done by our exam development partners, and academic research available in the public domain. The cognitive scales on our exam were professionally developed speciF cally for use in identifying programming aptitude and have repeatedly demonstrated the ability to predict programmer job performance. The attitudinal scales included in our exam have stood the test of time as well, proving to be highly predictive of several critical non-cognitive areas of programmer job performance. ¡inally, the educational and programming- speciF c scales found on our exam were developed by a team of psychometri- cians working hand-in-hand with a large number of subject matter experts. The result of these efforts is that each of the individual parts of our exam boasts a strong track record of success. Validation Work Each of the various parts of our exam has been validated using accepted psychometric standards. Validation work for each of the major types of scales comprising our exam includes: Cognitive scales – The cognitive portions of the exam were developed using a content validation strategy and have since been the subject of a large number of criterion related validations studies all of which were conducted in real work settings. In these studies our programming speciF c cognitive scales continually demonstrated high levels of reliability and validity....
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PAC_Exam_Overview_v7 - PAC Exam Overview and Sample Items...

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