Psychology – Bachelor’s Degree 2009
Principles of Psychological Testing
Status: compulsory
Recommended Year of Study: 2
Recommended Semester: 4
ECTS Credits Allocated: 4.00
Pre-requisites: Acquired knowledge from the courses Statistics in Psychology I and II, Methodology of Psychological Research and Psychometry.

Course objectives: Introducing students to the types of psychological tests and rules of their administration. Practical construction of a psychological test, including writing a detailed paper about the test. Becoming familiar with different methods of test validation and their application in selection. Ethical issues in testing.

Course description: Theoretical instruction: Measurement and assessment in psychology; direct and indirect measurement; defining a variable; classification of tests; standardization of test administration and scoring; test norms; cognitive tests – intelligence tests, general knowledge tests, achievement tests; questionnaires and personality inventories; content, criterion and hypothetical validity; selection based on tests; ethical issues in testing. Practical instruction: Introduction to the most frequently used types of tests; instructions for administration and scoring of the tests; different scales for presentation of results; objectivity, discrimination, reliability and validity of the test; final score; normative sample; linear transformation of the measures; determining item difficulty and discrimination; making a first draft of the items for a test; logical and psychological analysis of the items; administration of a second version of the items; construction and administration of a final version of the test; writing and defending a paper about the test.

Learning Outcomes: After finishing the course, the student should be aware of the assets and limitations of the use of psychological tests and able to assess if a test is made in accordance with psychometric rules.

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