Revision of the test on mathematical skills and knowledge used by the German armed forces (MathKT)

The mathematical skills and knowledge test (MathKT) is used to determine the suitability of job applicants for the position of officer before their admission to the universities affiliated with the German armed forces Within the framework of the research project at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena and in joint cooperation with the chair of the Institute of Mathematics and its Didactics at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg (Germany), Prof. Dr. D. Leiss, the former version of the test was completely revised. The starting point for this revision was the mathematical competence model of the German educational standards in mathematics for the German Abitur test. This was adapted to the admission requirements of the universities affiliated with the German armed forces. The revised test procedure was empirically tested with a two-stage procedure. The scaling was carried out using models from the Item Response Theory. The resulting revised version is now used on an operational basis by the German Army.


Project assistant in Jena: Anna Mikolajetz

Dissertation: Messung komplexer Kompetenzkonstrukte in Large-Scale-Assessments mithilfe von multidimensionalen adaptivem Testen. Friedrich Schiller University, Jena.

Cooperating partners:

Prof. Dr. Dominik Leiss, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany

Michael Besser, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany


Duration: June 2013 – June 2015