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1 How to Interpret the O*NET Ability Profiler Results
An O*NET Academy Briefing How to Interpret the O*NET Ability Profiler Results Dr. Janet E. Wall Senior Trainer, ONET Academy

2 Relax and Enjoy Session will be recorded and archived
Can listen to the session again at Can download slides Come in with questions as you have them

3 Part 3 of 3 3 part series Introduction to the O*NET Tools and the Ability Profiler (30 July) How to Administer the Ability Profiler (31 July) How to Interpret the Ability Profiler (1 August) After attending all 3 sessions – certificate of completion Any session stands on its own

4 Session 3 - Learning Objectives
Overview the Ability Profiler (AP) Describe contents of the AP Score Report Review percentiles Overview norms Overview how AP results are matched to occupations Review occupational information using O*NET Online Discuss example profile

5 Three Instruments O*NET Interest Profiler
O*NET Work Importance Locator/Profiler O*NET Ability Profiler

6 O*NET Career Exploration Tools
Format Purpose O*NET Interest Profiler Paper/Pencil Work-related Interests Standalone or Network O*NET Work Importance Locator What is Important in a Job (Values) O*NET Work Importance Profiler O*NET Ability Profiler What Individual Can Do Well (Ability)

7 Proper Use Developed only for career exploration, career counseling
Not for job selection or selection into job training programs Administered to 1 or more persons Paper/pencil only

8 Ability Profiler Overview – 11 tests
Computation Arithmetic Reasoning Vocabulary Name Comparison Object Matching Three Dimensional Space Mark Making Place Turn Assemble Disassemble

9 Relationship Between Measured Constructs and AP Exercises
What is Measured/Reported Exercise/Subtest Verbal Ability Vocabulary Arithmetic Reasoning Computation Spatial Ability Three-Dimensional Space Form Perception Object Matching Clerical Perception Name Comparison Motor Coordination Mark Making Manual Dexterity Place Turn Finger Dexterity Assemble Disassemble

10 Tests Administered and Scored

11 Options Hand data entry program can be downloaded from the website Scoring Program and User’s Guide found on website

12 Score Report (1) graphic, numerical and verbal information
Person’s scores are compared to general working population – the norm group. graphic, numerical and verbal information

13 Score Report (2) Reports the Constructs Measured – not the subtests

14 What is a Percentile?

15 No number correct; number attempted
Score Report (3) Number Correct of Total Items No number correct; number attempted

16 Score Report (4) Note

17 Norms Based on a sample of 4000 people selected to reflect the distributions of workers in five occupational categories as per the US Census Bureau Professional and Semi-professional Clerical, Sales, and Kindred Workers Craftsmen, Foreman, and Kindred Workers Operatives and Kindred Workers Laborers (except farm and mine)

18 General Working Population
Norms developed in 1950s Studies show Means and SDs stable over time (USES Test Report No 148, 1984) Sample called the General Working Population

19 General Working Population (2)
Sample selected to represent the percent of population by occupational groupings Age Range = years Mean Education = 11 years Males, 10.2 Females, 11.7 Gender Males, 46% Females, 54% Supplemented by many additional studies to include high school students See General Aptitude Test Battery, Development Report, Section III for details

20 Linking GATB Norms to the AP
Equating study performed between GATB and AP Results sufficiently similar between GATB and AP so that the general working population norms could be used (Segall and Monzon, 1995)

21 Score Report (5)

22 Score Report (6)

23 Score Report (7)

24 Selecting a Job Zone

25 Occupational Reports Five occupational listings are generated, one for each job zone

26 Job Zone 1 Occupations

27 Job Zone 2 Occupations

28 Job Zone 3 Occupations

29 Job Zone 4 Occupations

30 Job Zone 5 Occupations

31 Match Profile to Occupational Information (1)
Occupational Ability Profiles (OAPs) were created for each of the 950+ O*NET occupations (see available development report for more detail) Ability scores of job incumbents (1000+ jobs) along with information from the DOT (e.g., data, people things; SVP) were used to estimate the 9 ability scores for each occupation Occupation profiles were converted to the existing O*NET/SOC classification system

32 Match Profile to Occupational Information (2)
Person’s ability profile is matched to occupational profile Using index of similarity (correlation) Shape of the profile matters, not the level or percentile Minimum of 10 occupations are generated for each job zone up to 25 if they are “strong matches” correlation cutoff depends on number of AP subtests taken

33 Score Report (8) Based on list of occupations, the client selects one job from Job Zone 1 and two from Job Zone 3 Fire Inspector Retail Salesperson Advertising Sales Agent

34 Exploring an Occupation
Select occupation to explore Example: Fire Inspectors, Job Zone 3 Go to O*NET ONLINE










44 Sample Report - Joe Luwis

45 Discussion – Joe Luwis

46 Questions/Comments

47 O*NET AP Administrators Training Tools available on O*NET Academy
Online Self-Assessment Quiz ! Gauge your understanding of what it takes to successfully administer the Ability Profiler . Downloadable Lunch and Learn Training Packet Includes PowerPoint Slides, FAQs, Administrator Checklist, and Scenarios for Group Discussion Check out for more information

48 Supporting Webinars How to Download and Use the O*NET Interest Profiler and Work Importance Profiler Overview of the O*NET Ability Profiler How to Administer the O*NET Ability Profiler How to Interpret the Ability Profiler O*NET for Job Seekers and Students New Enhancements to O*NET O*NET Tools for School Counselors O*NET Tools for Military in Transition Links between Occupations, Education, and Pay

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