Evaluation Of Psychological Test

For this assessment, you will locate a scholarly review of a specific standardized psychological or educational test you would likely use in your current or future profession and write a 5 page critical analysis of the selected test, based on the scholarly review and on support from relevant resources.

As a psychologist, social worker, counselor, therapist, researcher, mental health professional, or educator, your profession will utilize some form of tests and measurements. Even if you do not plan on administering tests, you still need to understand the results described in evaluation reports. Even if you will not need to read reports of evaluations, you will need to keep current with the professional literature.

By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:

  • Demonstrate comprehension of the terminology, principles, statistical concepts, and psychometric features related to the construction and application of psychological tests.
    • Describe the standardization sample.
    • Report and interpret validity and reliability coefficients in a standardized test.
  • Analyze key psychometric properties related to tests and measurement, with an emphasis on reliability and validity.
    • Describe various forms of reliability and validity evidence in a standardized test.
  • Evaluate the properties, techniques, and applications used in psychological evaluation.
    • Describe the rationale for selecting the standardized test.
    • Describe the population, psychological condition, or psychological disorder that corresponds to the test’s purpose and future use.
    • Construct an argument for or against using the selected standardized test in a current or future occupation.
  • Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations for members of the psychological profession.
    • Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations for members of the psychological profession.

Think about your career, future career, or area of specialization at Capella University. As a psychologist, social worker, counselor, therapist, researcher, mental health professional, or educator, your profession will utilize some form of tests and measurements. Even if you do not plan on administering tests, you still need to understand the results described in evaluation reports. Even if you will not need to read reports of evaluations, you will need to keep current with the professional literature.

There really is no way around it: a basic understanding of tests and measurement is needed. Whether we construct, administer, or otherwise use tests, we have the responsibility to do it ethically. That means having the competence to conduct these tasks. Being able to identify psychological and educational tests; knowing the importance of psychometric properties; and understanding how, when, and why tests are administered is a good start. Applying this knowledge is the next step.

The paper should document contain important information about the following topics:

  • Tests and Measurement.
  • Test Validation.
  • Test Reliability.
  • Test Quality.

To deepen your understanding, you are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of the business community.

  • Which categories of tests are you most likely to use in your current (or anticipated) profession?
  • What is a standardized test?
  • How are test norms developed for a test?
  • What are the three types of reliability evidence? How is the evidence collected for each type?
  • What are the three types of validity evidence? How is the evidence collected for each type?
  • What is the relationship between test reliability and validity?
  • How are validity and reliability coefficients interpreted?

Library Resources

The following e-books or articles from the University Library are linked directly in this course:

Using the Mental Measurements Yearbook Database on the Capella University Library Psychology Databases page (linked in the Resources), locate a scholarly review of a specific standardized psychological or educational test you would likely use in your current or future profession. Write a critical analysis of the selected test, based on the scholarly review and on support from a minimum of five additional, relevant resources.

Address the following in your paper:

  • Identify the following:
    • The full name of the test.
    • The publisher’s stated purpose of the test.
    • The standardization sample and age range for the test’s use.
  • Explain your rationale for selecting this standardized test. Include a description of the population, psychological condition, or psychological disorder of interest that corresponds to the test’s purpose and future use.
  • Present the forms of validity evidence that have been collected for your selected test.
    • Describe the methods used to collect the validity evidence.
    • Report validity coefficients, if applicable.
    • Evaluate the test’s validity based upon the reported validity coefficients.
  • Present the forms of reliability evidence that have been collected for your selected test.
    • Describe the methods used to collect the reliability evidence.
    • Report reliability coefficients.
    • Evaluate the test’s reliability based upon the reported reliability coefficients.
  • Based upon your research, make an argument for or against using your selected psychological test in your current or future occupation.

“Get 15% discount on your first 3 orders with us”
Use the following coupon
FIRST15

Order Now