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Test User Competence/Responsible Test Use

Introduction

The purpose of this entry is to highlight some efforts to promote responsible use of tests throughout the world. Psychological and educational tests serve as key professional tools for psychologists and non-psychologists, and test publishers serve as gatekeepers to determine who has access to different types of tests. A persistent problem, acknowledged by professional associations and publishers, has been the misuse of test data and its subsequent potential harm to test takers.

Three-Level Publisher Classification System

The American Psychological Association (APA), five decades ago, addressed ethical use regarding the sale and distribution of tests (APA Committee on Ethical Standards for Psychology, 1950). Their 1954 technical recommendations (APA AERA & NCMUE, 1954) introduced a 3-level system for classifying tests, which emphasized the importance of professional credentials to ...

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