Psychological Tests And Psychological Assessment

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Psychological tests and or psychological assessments are an important asset in the field of psychology. These tests are designed to measure people’s characteristics which pertain to behavior. There are a variety of different types of tests that can be used to assess different types of behaviors. According to the specific behavior or behaviors being assessed, tests are categorized into two types, ability tests and personality tests. Ability tests, which encompass achievement, aptitude, and intelligence testing are used to determine capacity or potential by measuring scores based on speed, accuracy, or both. On the other hand, personality tests, which include structured or projective are used to determine behavior traits, that may be overt…show more content…
A level S qualification requires that buyers have a degree, certificate, or license to practice in a health care profession, in addition to having the appropriate training and experience in ethical administration, scoring, and interpretation of clinical behavioral assessment measures (NEO PI-R™, 2012). A level B qualification is very similar to the level S qualification in that it requires a degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in psychology, counseling, or a related field, in addition to satisfactory completion of coursework in test interpretation, psychometrics and measurement theory, educational statistics; or a license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests (NEO PI-R™, 2012). This helps to ensure that the test is only handled by individuals who have the necessary knowledge to interpret the test without misinterpretation, which could have negative outcomes. The NEO PI-R is self-administered, which means individuals who do not have formal training in clinical psychology, personality or related fields can administer and score the instruments. Although, it is highly suggested that the examiner review the administration and scoring procedures from the manual. On the other hand, interpretation of the results should only be done by professionals with training in psychological testing and measurement with knowledge of the
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