The Prevocational Assessment Screen (PAS; Rosinek, 1984) is designed to assess the motor and perceptual abilities of disadvantaged youth or students with mild disabilities, ages 14–21.
The student completes eight modules that assess the following abilities: clerical/verbal (alphabetizing), motor coordination (Etch-A-Sketch™ maze), clerical/numerical (calculating), finger dexterity (small parts), manual dexterity (pipe assembly), form perception (o-rings), spatial perception (block design), and color perception (color sort). There are two scores derived for each module: an error score (the number of incorrect items) and a timed score, consisting of the amount of time in minutes required to complete the test.
These scores are used to derive percentile scores, which are then correlated to a 5-point rating scale. The rating scale scores are compared to a matrix designed to determine what skills need to be re-mediated to help the student be successful in a local vocational training program. Appendices provide technical information about the PAS test reliability, norms, and validity. Guidelines and forms for reporting procedures and intake are included. A chart is provided for correlating the PAS aptitudes with job characteristics that are listed in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles and to specific vocational programs.