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Introduction

[Identify a test category that is relevant to your academic specialization or a related profession. If your specialization or career goals do not involve the use of psychological tests, then you will select a closely related profession in psychology that uses psychological tests (e.g., Clinical, School, Counseling, or Industrial/Organizational psychology). Professionals in the applied behavior analysis field may also administer, score, and interpret psychological tests. The List of Test by Type includes a behavior analytic skills assessment category with a list of standardized tests intended for learners in the Applied Behavior Analysis Specialization.

 

The List of Tests by Type document identifies the 11 categories you may choose from. They include (1) intelligence/cognitive abilities, (2) achievement/aptitude, (3) personality, (4) behavior, (5) adaptive behavior, (6) neuropsychological, (7) career/business/organization, (8) autism, (9) depression, (10) preschool, and (11) behavior analytic skill assessments. Discuss how the test category is related to your specialization or a related profession. Omit these instructions before submitting your assignment.]

 

[Select three tests from the category you selected using the List of Tests by Type document. (Note: If you have an interest in a particular test that is not on this list, then you may, as an option, submit a request to your instructor to include it in your first assignment with two other tests on the list in the same category.Your instructor will review it and determine if you may proceed with including that test in your assignment or recommend that you select three tests from the list. Explain how you think these tests may be useful in your specialization or a related profession. Evaluate how the category and three tests are related to furthering knowledge and skills in your specialization or a related profession. Omit these instructions before submitting your assignment].

 

[For each of the three tests you selected, address the following:

Purpose for Testing and Content, Skills, and/or Constructs Assessed

[Omit these instructions before submitting your assignment} Define the test publisher’s purpose for each test.  In other words, what are some of the reasons why a test user (i.e., psychologist) administer this test to a client?  What content or skills does the test measure (e.g., specific cognitive processes, executive functions, academic skills, adaptive behavior skills, etc.)? What constructs does each test purport to measure (depression, verbal intelligence, personality traits, autism)? Omit these instructions before submitting your assignment].

 

[Evaluate whether the purpose of testing and the content, skills, and/or constructs assessed by each test are appropriate for one’s specialization or a related profession.  In other words, are these purposes and content, skills, and/or constructs relevant to your specialization and/or a related profession.  If so, explain how these tests would be used in your specialization or a related profession. Omit these instructions before submitting your assignment].

 

 

Normative Sample, Sampling Procedures, and Intended Population

[Describe the characteristics of the normative sample (standardization sample) in terms of age,

race, geographic region, gender, dominant language, etc. What percentage of the normative sample consists of these characteristics (if available).  Describe the sampling procedures (random, stratified, stratified-random, purposive, incidental).  What was the size of the normative sample?

 

[Evaluate each test’s normative sample based on the anticipated populations served by one’s specialization or related profession.Does the characteristics of the normative sample of each test adequately match the characteristics of the population that a professional in your specialization or a related field would likely serve?  Do you believe that the sample size and procedures were adequate in order to generalize the test results to a population that a professional in your specialization or a related profession would likely assess? Omit these instructions before submitting your assignments.]

 

Test-User Knowledge, Skills, and Training

[Describe the training, education, and/or skills required by the test user to administer, score, and interpret the test. Test publisher websites often include information on the qualification needed in order to purchase and use their tests. For example, 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). Omit these instructions before submitting your assignment.]

 

[Evaluate the required knowledge, skills, and training of test users based on the anticipated assessment training required of your specialization or the training of a related profession. Would you a professional in your specialization or a related field be qualified to administer, score, and interpret each test? Omit these instructions before submitting your assignment.]

 

Comparisons and Contrasts of the Three Tests

[Compare and contrast the three tests based on the previoussections of the paper.  Decide which test is most appropriate based on the information you have reviewed. Explain your choice. Omit these instructions before submitting your assignment.]

 

 

References

[Begin the References on a new page.  Use current APA format and style.]

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.

Introduction

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).

Preparation

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.

Instructions

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].

Requirements

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.

. (2) Achievement/aptitude.

. (3) Personality.

. (4) Behavior.

. (5) Adaptive behavior.

. (6) Neuropsychological.

. (7) Career/business/organization.

. (8) Autism.

. (9) Depression.

. (10) Preschool.

. (11) Behavior analytic skill assessments.

· Select three tests from a single category using the List of Tests by Type [DOCX].

. Note: If you have an interest in a particular test that is not on this list, then you may submit a request to your instructor to include it in your first assessment with two other tests on the list in the same category. Your instructor will review it and determine if you may proceed with including that test in your assessment or recommend that you select three tests from the list.

· Compare and contrast these three tests based on the following:

. The purpose for testing, the content, skills, or constructs assessed and evaluated based on one’s area of specialization or a related profession.

. The normative sample, sampling procedures, and the intended population and evaluation based on the anticipated populations served by one’s specialization or related profession.

. The training required to administer, score, and interpret and evaluate based on one’s anticipated assessment training or the training of a related profession.

. Use the Capella library to search for articles that discuss the test.

. Do bibliography mining to find the original source of the test.

. Do cited reference searching to find articles that use the test and their research or discuss the test

. See the PSY7610 Search Guide for additional advice. An optional worksheet is also provided to you in the resources to facilitate your research and literature review.

. Use RefWorks or another organization strategy to keep track of the articles you find. Even if you don’t use the articles for this assignment, you may use it in a future assignment in this course.

· Template: Assessment 1 Template: Evaluation of Test Purpose, Population, and Training [DOCX] to complete the assessment.

· References: A minimum of nine references are required for this assessment. These resources may include all of the reference sources identified in your Psychological Testing and Assessment text but must include:

· Three journal articles (one for each test).

· Three test publisher websites (one for each test).

. If there is no test publisher website for a selected test, you must substitute this with another type of source.

· Three MMY test reviews (one for each test if available). If an MMY review is not available for one or more of your selected tests, you must substitute it with another type of source.

· Length of paper: A minimum of 5 double-spaced pages of content, not including the title page or references (an abstract is not required).

· Font and font-size: Times New Roman, 12 point.

· APA format: Current APA format and style is required throughout. Refer to the Academic Writer for guidance on APA style and format as you prepare all of your assessments for this course

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