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The Science of Psychological Testing: Fundamental Concepts

The Science of Psychological Testing: Fundamental Concepts

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the basic goal of psychometrics
  • Identify two factors that make it difficult to measure human characteristics
  • Define random error
  • Discuss how a validation study for a psychological test is conducted

A psychological test can be devised in a few minutes. Anyone who wants to create a test can quickly come up with questions to answer or tasks to perform and use the responses to measure characteristics or traits of the test takers. For example, if Joseph wants to develop a test to measure emotional sensitivity, he can think about what the concept means and devise questions to evaluate those qualities in the test taker. He might ask, “Do you cry at movies?” and “Do your friends seek you out ...

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