Face Validity

Face validity expresses the apparent credibility of a test. It typically relates to the ability of a test, on review of the test itself, to appear appropriate and related to the given purpose. However, face validity does not quantify or even carefully examine the extent to which test items are aligned to a desired domain or the information learned in a training program or academic course of study. In other words, face validity would appear to be a characteristic of a test that makes it appear appropriate, whether or not it is. It is, if it is in the eye of a particular observer. It is a judgment based on inspection of the instrument by persons who may or may not be experts in the ...

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