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Psychological testing: Course Contents(Apsy-408)

Psychological tests, which are designed to be "an objective and standardized measure of a sample of behavior". The term sample of behavior refers to an individual's performance on tasks that have usually been prescribed beforehand.

Course Contents

Unit 1: Psychological Assessment

Definition and nature of psychological assessment

Uses and types of psychological assessment

Psychological test and assessment

Explain how to plain an assessment

Types of assessments: informal assessment—interviewing, observation, mental status examination, peer and self evaluation: formal assessment—standardized test/  norm reference test

Ethical, legal and professional issues in assessment

Unit 2: Test Construction And Standardization

Different taxonomies of test development

Types of items, General guidelines for writing items

Item writing and item analysis

Approaches of item writing

Types of item analysis

Item difficulty index, item discrimination index

Item response theory, item characteristic curve

Test translation and adaptation

MAPI guidelines for test translation

Unit 3 : Characteristics Of A Test Reliability

Concept of reliability

Types and measurement of reliability

Standard error of measurement

Unit 4: Validity

Meaning and purpose, Types and assessment of validity

Standard error of estimate

Unit 5: Test Norms

Definition and types of norms, Development of norms

Within group norms

Norm reference test vs. criterion reference tests

Course Contents

Unit 6: Types Of Testing

Ability testing

Intelligence—nature and meaning view point

Types of intelligence test: Stanford Binet intelligence scale, Wechsler adult intelligence scale

Raven’s progressive metrics

Aptitude test

Unit 7: Personality Testing

Objective personality testing

Minnesota multiphase personality inventory (MMPI)

Sixteen personality factors questionnaire (16PF)

The big 5 personality traits

Eysenck personality questionnaire 

Unit 8: Projective Techniques

Thematic appreciation test(TAT)

Rorschach inkblot test

House tree person (HTP)

Sentence completion test

Unit 9: Neuropsychological And Diagnostic Testing

Introduction to neuropsychological assessment

Functioning test, neurological functioning inventory, Wisconsin card sorting technique

Assessing psychiatric conditions, anxiety, depression, OCD

Types of neuropsychological tests: Halsted battery, Luria Nebraska battery, Dysexeccutive

Unit 10: Application Of Testing

Testing in clinical settings

Testing in counseling settings

Testing in educational settings

Testing in organizational setting

Group vs. individual tests

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