Write at least 5 pages, following APA formatting, in which you identify a test category relevant to your specialization or profession. Within this category, identify three tests and compare and contrast the tests bases on its purpose, sampling procedures, and training.
Note: Synthesizing the evaluation of test purpose, population, and training requires specific steps that must be carried out in a certain order. Therefore, you must complete the assessments in this course in the order in which they are presented.
AS A PSYCHOLOGIST, SOCIAL WORKER, COUNSELOR, THERAPIST, RESEARCHER, MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL, OR EDUCATOR, YOUR PROFESSION WILL EMPLOY 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. AND, EVEN IF YOU WILL NOT NEED TO READ REPORTS OF EVALUATIONS, YOU WILL NEED TO KEEP CURRENT WITH THE PROFESSIONAL LITERATURE.
When test users (e.g., psychologists) select psychological tests as part of an assessment of a client, they must consider whether the intended purpose of the test matches the purpose for assessing the client. In addition, test users also consider whether the client they will assess is similar to the test’s norm group or sample in terms of age, gender, race, geographic region, language, and other demographic characteristics. If the test’s norm group or sample is not a good match for the client, then the results could be considered invalid. The publishers of psychological tests also have training requirements for test users. Test users should only use tests for which they have appropriate training and expertise. Pearson Assessments, a large-scale psychological test publisher, has established a level system for test user qualifications based upon the education, training, and expertise needed to purchase, administer, score, and interpret each test. Qualification levels range from qualification level A (no special qualification needed) to qualification level C (a doctorate degree in psychology, education, or a closely related field).
DOWNLOAD THE ASSESSMENT 1 TEMPLATE: EVALUATION OF TEST PURPOSE, POPULATION, AND TRAINING [DOCX]? TO YOUR COMPUTER AND USE IT FOR THE BASIS OF YOUR ASSESSMENT. THE TEMPLATE CONTAINS INSTRUCTIONS TO GUIDE YOU THROUGH EACH ELEMENT OF THE ASSESSMENT.
This assessment requires you to focus on what will likely be a common task in your future career, regardless of the area of specialization you are studying at Capella: the review and selection of an appropriate, quality, standardized test. There is a multitude of published tests in the fields of education and psychology, and many purport to measure the same constructs, content, or skills. Therefore, test users must select tests that best match their purpose for assessing clients and are appropriate for the populations they assess.
In your assessment, be prepared to do the following:
VISIT THE PUBLISHER’S WEBSITE FOR EACH TEST TO OBTAIN ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.
If the test is not owned by a publishing company, you will need to find this information in other sources, such as journal articles.
Use the MMY database in the Capella Library to locate and read a review for each test.
Not all tests have been reviewed by the MMY. If your test has not been reviewed, you will need to find the information in another source, such as a journal article
- Note: Be sure to use the Assessment 1 Template: Evaluation of Test Purpose, Population, and Training [DOCX].?
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and scoring guide criteria:
Identify a test category that is relevant to your academic specialization or a related profession. The List of Tests by Type [DOCX] identifies the 11 categories you may choose from. They include:
(1) Intelligence/cognitive abilities.
(5) Adaptive behavior.
- (6) Neuropsychological.
- (9) Depression.
- (10) Preschool.
- (11) Behavior analytic skill assessments.
- Select three tests from a single category using the List of Tests by Type [DOCX].