The New Psychometric Entrance Test – A Multi-Faceted Validity Analysis
Dvir Kleper, email@example.com
Noa Saka, firstname.lastname@example.org
This study presents the results of several analyses carried out to test the construct validity of the new version of the Psychometric Entrance Test, which was first administered in September 2012. A confirmatory factor analysis was employed to test the hypothesis that the empirical construct would be consistent with a three-factor model, describing the three academic areas assessed by the test: verbal reasoning, mathematical reasoning, and English language proficiency. A standard model consisting of these three factors was tested first. Based on the empirical data, the model was revised, and an alternative, non-standard model was proposed. This study also assesses the reliability of these three factors, as well as aspects of the convergent and divergent validity of the test. Results indicate a good fit with the theoretical three-factor model. The non-standard model suggests the existence of correlations between a few of the indicators and additional factors, and shows an even better fit.