What makes a test useful

In week’s one and two, we looked at the history of psychological assessment and factors that contribute to a testing being a good test (i.e., reliability, validity, ethics, etc.).  In week 3, we explore what makes a test useful and use that to determine methods for test construction.  


Respond to the following questions in a substantive way integrating information from your text or other scholarly sources (please include citations and references for your work):


How would you go about making a judgment regarding the utility of a published test? What factors would you consider? What resources would you use? 


What factors concerning test utility would you consider as you work through the process of test construction?


What are factors that need to be considered early in test construction to insure that the process proceeds accurately and you end up with a useful test?


Consider that you are constructing a test on test anxiety, what are some examples of items you would include in an assessment of an individual’s level of test anxiety? How would you determine which items should be included in the assessment?  How would you evaluate the appropriateness of your items and each item’s performance in the assessment? 




Cohen, R. J., & Swerdlik, M. E. (2018). Psychological testing and assessment: an introduction to tests and measurement (9th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill Education.

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