A need was identified for developing new driver license knowledge tests for use with applicants unable to read well enough to take the written version of the test. There was considerable input from driver license examiners as well as others in the development of the pictorial items. The new tests were introduced statewide in December of 1974, and special data were collected from the field in January of 1975. Information on renewal applicants was linked to their prior driver records, and a variety of the analyses included the following: 1. The oral exam applicants are, on the whole, older, much more likely to be male, much less likely to be white, and not as well educated as written exam applicants. 2. The mean scores on the three versions of the test were fairly close, averaging about 17 correct items. 3. The test reliabilities are all at an acceptable level and are very close to those reported for the new written tests. 4. On the whole the item means indicate that the test items are at an acceptable level of difficulty. 5. The correlations between items and total test performance were generally acceptably high, while the inter- item correlations were generally low. 6. The relationship between test performance and driver record variables appears strong for reckless violations and for accidents than for other violation types or total violations.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    Highway Safety Research Center
    Chapel Hill, NC  United States  27599
  • Authors:
    • Nathan, L B
  • Publication Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00139983
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 6 1976 12:00AM