This accessible book outlines the key ingredients of psychological assessment and provides case studies to illustrate their application, making this an ideal textbook for courses on psychometrics or psychological assessment. The book covers the nature of assessment, basic components, how tests are made, underlying statistics, reliability and validity, assessment of intelligence, abilities and personality, non-psychometric approaches, as well as ethical and professional issues and modern developments. A final chapter explains how readers can construct their own tests. Wide-ranging case studies demonstrate the variety of contexts in which assessment is conducted. The author’s clarity of writing and use of practical examples throughout helps students apply these methods in practice with confidence as part of their studies on an array of courses.

Best Practice in Assessment and Testing

Best practice in assessment and testing

Learning Objectives

By the end of this chapter you should be able to:

  • Explain the need for ethical codes relating to psychological assessment, linking them to relevant legislation and to issues such as informed consent, confidentiality, data protection and test security.
  • Understand the need for professional standards relating to administration, scoring, interpretation of outcomes and giving feedback.
  • Appreciate the key principles of computer-based assessment and likely future developments in testing.

What is This Chapter about?

No matter how well any assessment is constructed, how accurate or valid it is, the results are worthless unless it is administered, scored and interpreted fairly and accurately. That is the focus of this chapter. Central to criticisms of the testing movement have been concerns ...

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