Psychological testing and assessment

Assumptions About Psychological Testing and Assessment

In the unit introduction, you read about the influence that your history and previous experiences with tests may have on your perception of them at the start of this course. Remember to set aside these perceptions as you enter the course and learn about tests and their measurement. Remain cognizant of them as you proceed so they do not prevent you from learning about tests and, perhaps, change your mind, either way, about them. Additionally, in your readings from the Psychological Testing and Assessment text, you were introduced to seven basic assumptions about psychological assessment. Identify the one assumption that was the most difficult for you to accept based on your current understanding or previous experiences with testing.

In your post:

  • Identify the assumption by number and title that presented the most questions for you. (Include the number and title in your subject line of the discussion thread when you post it.) Also, include an indicator about how concerning the assumption is to you at this time (that is, 0 = No concern at all, just the most problematic relative to all other assumptions I am presented; 1 = Somewhat concerned with this assumption; 2 = Very concerned with this assumption; 3 = Significantly concerned and in disagreement with this assumption).
  • Identify specific parts or elements of the assumption that were most concerning to you.
  • Analyze if the assumption elements identified are based on (a) your previous experiences, (b) others’ perspectives, (c) facts, or (d) a combination of these.
  • Discuss why these elements were most concerning to you in terms of those previous experiences, perspectives, or facts. Essentially, share an example of those experiences or knowledge that resulted in your current concern.
  • Identify which future chapter in the Psychological Testing and Assessment text may be important and relevant for you, based on the assumption you identified. (Hint: Look through the Table of Contents or Index in your text for help.)

HERE IS THE EXAMPLE

 

SUBJECT LINE: Sample: 6 – Testing and Assessment Can Be Conducted in a Fair and Unbiased Manner

The assumption that most concerns me from the Cohen and Swerdlik (2018) text is the sixth assumption, which asserts that assessments can be conducted fairly and without bias. I rate the level of my concern as 2, or being very concerned with this assumption. As Cohen and Swerdlik (2018) noted, tests or assessments are tools wielded with a specific purpose. Even the best of tools can yield a poor result when used improperly or by the wrong person.

I believe my concerns regarding improper use of tests or assessments arise primarily from prior experience. If assessments are tools, they can be adopted by those without adequate training to use them. I recently attempted to change a light fixture in my daughter’s bedroom. While the screwdriver and circuit tester I had were of good quality, I still knocked out the electricity in half of my home and had to resort to calling a trained professional to fix the wiring that I messed up.

Of course, psychological assessments are different tools than those I used in attempting to change a light fixture. Assessments can, however, be used by people ill equipped to wield them. The potential damage of misusing psychological testing is arguably worse than the loss of electricity.

Years ago, my mother sought therapy in connection with childhood traumas. The psychologist performed some assessments, including the famed Rorschach ink blot test. He ultimately diagnosed her with multiple personalities, and she spent a small fortune on his services. It was later discovered that he had many patients with the same diagnosis, and I personally question the validity of her diagnosis and even the motivations of the therapist. While there may have been some cathartic value in discussing her trauma, she did not get the help she needed, and more harm than good was perhaps done.

There are many opportunities for psychological testing and assessments to be misused, calling into question if these tools can be used fairly and without bias. With the rise of telehealth and remote therapy, especially within the constraints of the COVID landscape, new challenges exist in ensuring fair and unbiased assessment. The element of observation is limited, for instance. To mitigate specific concerns with psychological assessment in remote settings, the American Psychological Association (APA) has issued guidance in such instances that include widening the intervals of confidence when making clinical decisions (Wright et al., 2020). While such guidance is undoubtedly useful, I wonder if it is enough.

I hope Chapter 11 will give me more knowledge about psychological assessments. Greater understanding of how these assessments are developed and used may allay some of my concerns regarding these tests being fair and unbiased. The chapter may also shed light on the selection of appropriate tests even in challenged environments.

References

Cohen, R. J., & Swerdlik, M. E. (2018). Psychological testing and assessment: An introduction to tests and measurement (9th ed.). McGraw-Hill.

Wright, A. J., Mihura, J. L., Pade, H., & McCord, D. M. (2020, April 3). Guidance on psychological tele-assessment during the COVID-19 crisis. American Psychological Association Services. https://www.apaservices.org/practice/reimbursement/health-codes/testing/tele-assessment-covid-19

Using our essay writing service.

Our working experience, customer feedback, and market resources have brought about the creation of an exclusive online service: academiagrade.com. Have you ever wanted to do all of your homework to the best of your abilities but got stuck on the very first task on your to-do list? We know that you deserve your rest, quality time and we are ready and able to handle all your research and academic requirements.

Writing papers is a common source of headaches for students everywhere, especially if they intend to produce something their instructor would consider “excellent”. If you seek professional help with your essays, know that our essay writing service is 24/7 ready to take on your task. Our skilled writers can help you with any assignment you may find hard. Discover what benefits you get by asking us to complete your paper.

Timely delivery

We have delivered more than 98% of student’s papers before the deadline so far. Order your writing task from us and we will send it exactly when you expect it. Great result in a short timeframe. We’re here for you day and night. Connect with customer support around-the-clock for any orders or urgent questions.

Proofreading

For that professional touch we go over all finished work check spelling grammar and formatting to make sure the assignment looks polished and excellent. All our essays are checked for plagiarism before hand over as well an extra set of experts in our QA department to examine on the quality.

Re-writing

If you have done the research and need our specialist to make it worthy of top marks, we will completely rewrite your paper while we guarantee originality. Ask your writer for adjustments and you will have them in no time.

Flexible prices

We often write papers on client friendly price on our website, and you can always choose a longer deadline to save a bit on the price of your order. The more pages you order also reduces the price considerably.

Customer satisfaction

At Academiagrade.com we know that half of the process depends on customers and their ability to articulate instructions in an effective way. Their views on desired final products must be made clear to the writers. The diversity of the orders we receive has also enable us to largely improve our analytical and research capabilities. Working in the field of academic assistance for a relatively long period we understand that the customer can effectively manage the orders by consistent communication with the writer.

We offer a convenient, simple and unique platform for collaboration between customers and professional writers willing and able to dedicate their skills towards customers’ academic success. Our company support team as well as regulations are excellent and easy to work with for the customer thus fostering professionalism. Our focus is to be a reliable partner and create a long term cooperation with you. For those pursuing personal development, as essay-doyen we look forward to offering you numerous interesting projects and opportunities for self-improvement.

Our company is one of the largest and most reliable essay writing services in the world. We provide all forms of assignment help including essay writing, research writing help, calculations help, statistics help, and custom essays help. We have provided custom writing services to thousands of students around the world. We are also among the most affordable essay help service in the world.

Use our service today and experience from academic experts.

Place your order
(550 words)

Approximate price: $22

Calculate the price of your order

550 words
We'll send you the first draft for approval by September 11, 2018 at 10:52 AM
Total price:
$26
The price is based on these factors:
Academic level
Number of pages
Urgency
Basic features
  • Free title page and bibliography
  • Unlimited revisions
  • Plagiarism-free guarantee
  • Money-back guarantee
  • 24/7 support
On-demand options
  • Writer’s samples
  • Part-by-part delivery
  • Overnight delivery
  • Copies of used sources
  • Expert Proofreading
Paper format
  • 275 words per page
  • 12 pt Arial/Times New Roman
  • Double line spacing
  • Any citation style (APA, MLA, Chicago/Turabian, Harvard)

Our guarantees

Delivering a high-quality product at a reasonable price is not enough anymore.
That’s why we have developed 5 beneficial guarantees that will make your experience with our service enjoyable, easy, and safe.

Money-back guarantee

You have to be 100% sure of the quality of your product to give a money-back guarantee. This describes us perfectly. Make sure that this guarantee is totally transparent.

Read more

Zero-plagiarism guarantee

Each paper is composed from scratch, according to your instructions. It is then checked by our plagiarism-detection software. There is no gap where plagiarism could squeeze in.

Read more

Free-revision policy

Thanks to our free revisions, there is no way for you to be unsatisfied. We will work on your paper until you are completely happy with the result.

Read more

Privacy policy

Your email is safe, as we store it according to international data protection rules. Your bank details are secure, as we use only reliable payment systems.

Read more

Fair-cooperation guarantee

By sending us your money, you buy the service we provide. Check out our terms and conditions if you prefer business talks to be laid out in official language.

Read more
error: Content is protected !!
Open chat
1
You can contact our live agent via WhatsApp! Via + 1 3234125597

Feel free to ask questions, clarifications, or discounts available when placing an order.

Order your essay today and save 25% with the discount code CLASS