Title

Test Preparation Programs in Selection Contexts: Self-Selection and Program Effectiveness

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1998

Abstract

Research examining coaching effects on test performance and other outcomes in selection settings has been limited despite an increase in test orientation programs. This study examined factors potentially related to self- selection into a test preparation program, the outcomes for such a program, and the differential effectiveness of the program. Attendees were more likely to be female, African American, and low in Stress Tolerance. After considering potential differences due to self-selection, attendance was unrelated to ability test performance, anxiety, or motivation levels. No evidence of the differential effectiveness of the program based on characteristics of attendees was found. Implications for research and practice related to test preparation programs in selection contexts are discussed.

Discipline

Business

Research Areas

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources

Publication

Personnel Psychology

Volume

51

Issue

3

First Page

599

Last Page

621

ISSN

0031-5826

Identifier

10.1111/j.1744-6570.1998.tb00253.x