Chapter 15

Psychological Tests

Psychology and Testing

Psychological tests assess abilities, feelings, attitudes, and behavior.

For a psychological test to be useful and accurate, it has to be standardized, reliable, valid, and have norms for scoring.

Computers can be used to administer and help students prepare for tests.

Computers and Testing

Computers can be used to administer tests and to help students prepare for tests such as the SAT and ACT.

-Practice tests contain detailed tutorials, practice questions, and recommended strategies

Measuring Achievement, Abilities, and Interests

Three major kinds of tests measure achievement, aptitudes, and interests.

  • Achievement tests measure people’s skills and knowledge in specific academic areas.
  • Aptitude tests measure a specific set of skills.
  • Vocational aptitude tests help people figure out what their interests are.