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TEST CRITIQUE ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONSOVERVIEWWhen selecting which assessment instruments and strategies to use, counselors must evaluate instruments on the basis of several factors. For most published formal assessment instruments, the test manual is the primary source of evaluative information. Therefore, counselors must be able to evaluate the appropriateness of using an assessment in a comprehensive manner. The purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate your ability to apply the established guidelines used by professionals to evaluate the appropriateness of using an assessment.INSTRUCTIONSLength of assignment: 2100-2400 words (not including the title page, abstract, and reference page)Format of assignment: APA for font (Times New Roman, 12 pt.), title page, abstract, margins, and section headings, narrative (not outline) formatQuotations from reference sources: not permittedNumber of citations: 5 or moreAcceptable sources: scholarly articles/texts published within the last ten yearsYou must choose a test that you would use in a counseling setting, such as the Millon, the Wechsler scales, the Personality Assessment Inventory, etc. Therefore, do not choose tests such as the SAT, GRE, ASVAB, etc. The test must be clinical in nature that deals with the various forms of pathology and or dysfunctional behavior/affect. Note that you may not choose the MMPI-2 or the TAT as these tests are highly researched and plagiarism issues can arise.You can use tests that can be administered online through the test publisher. However, you cannot use internet-based, free tests, such as the IPIP-NEO or the Jung Personality Test; these are representations of reputable tests such as the NEO-PI-3 or the MBTI. These free, internet-based tests are not assessments you can ethically administer to a client.Your paper will be structured according to the headings provided below. You can also review the questions provided by the authors in the textbook (pp. 176-179) to guide professionals in evaluating assessment instruments. The Test Critique contains six sections, including references. Information to be presented in each section is presented below. Please note that the information is organized in an outline format only to help you identify the information for you to include in the report. Do not use an outline format to report the results of your critique, and do not use internet-based assessments (IPIP-NEO, Jung Personality Test, etc.)Note: Your assignment will be checked for originality via the SafeAssign plagiarism tool. STRUCTURE AND CONTENT OF TEST CRITIQUEI. GENERAL INFORMATION (15 pts.)A.Title of the test (including edition and form, if applicable)B.Author(s)C.Publisher and date(s) of publicationD.Cost (booklets, answer sheets, other test materials, available scoring services)E.Availability of online versionThe full name of your test, when it was first developed the population for which the test is appropriate, and its primary uses. Is it an objective or projective measure? Is it more of an intelligence or achievement test or is it a personality test? Does the test have alternate forms? When were these created and under what circumstances are they used?
A brief history of your test. When and why was it developed? How does the history of your test fit into the overall scheme as presented in your text (or other text of your choice)?
The assumptions of testing and assessment as they relate to your test.
II. TEST DESCRIPTION (25 pts.)A basic description of the test. This should relate primarily to test content. What are the different sections / subsections of the test? What does each section measure? What are some example items used to assess this construct? How is this test used in the assessment setting?
B.Test Content1.construct(s), domain(s) or variable(s) the test measures2.unidimensionality or multidimensionality of construct3.theoretical and/or empirical foundations of the testC.Purpose of Test1.purpose and potential uses of test2.whom the test is designed forD.Test Structure1.length of test/number of items2.subscales (if applicable)3.item formatE.Test Administration1.administration procedures2.necessary administrator qualifications and/or training3.special testing conditions that must be administration (if applicable)F.Test Scoring1.type of scoring or scaling2.scoring procedures (including availability of scoring keys and scoring services, if any)3.subscale, factor or dimension scores (if applicable) scoring (if applicable)III. TECHNICAL EVALUATION (25 pts.)Standardization/Normative Samplesize and demographics of standardization sample
procedures followed in obtaining sample
adequacy of standardization sample
adequacy of norms provided (e.g., availability of subgroup norms, if applicable)
Reliabilityevidence of reliability (e.g., test-retest, internal consistency)
adequacy of reliability evidence to support potential uses of the test
Validityevidence of validity (e.g., content-, criterion-, construct-related)
adequacy of validity evidence to support potential uses of the test
IV. PRACTICAL EVALUATION (25 pts.)A. Quality of Test Materials1.quality of writing in test materials (including appropriateness of reading level)2.quality of graphic design and presentation in test materials3.other aspects of materials quality (e.g., durability, attractiveness, etc.)B. Ease of Administration, Scoring and Interpretation4.clarity and comprehensiveness of instructions, directions or guidance provided5.amount of time and resources needed to administer, score and interpret test6.other practical aspects of administration, scoring and interpretationV. SUMMARY EVALUATION & CRITIQUE (15 pts.)Strengths and Weaknesses of the Test
Recommendationsfor uses of the test
for revisions or updates
for further study of the test
VI. REFERENCES / OVERALL APA STYLE (45 pts.)Use at least five (5) professional, scholarly sources. These sources must come from the EBSCO, PsychINFO, ERIC, psychARTICLES and other scholarly databases. You may use general test description information from the test publisher web site, and this can count for one (1) of your sources; the remaining sources must come from professional sources.Note: These guidelines serve only to inform you as to what you need to cover. You will need to format the information correctly. Do not submit a paper with bullet points or using Roman numerals as an outline.
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