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Best Practice Psychometric Testing

PsyAsia International is concerned to ensure best practice psychometric testing whenever our psychometric tests are being used. We are also concerned about best practice in other forms of workplace assessment and development.

To this end, we have pleasure in making available the following professional guidelines. They are from the British Psychological Society. A number of societies in Asia also publish similar guidelines, but they do not make these available electronically.

Best Practice Psychometric Testing Articles

From the British Psychological Society’s Psychological Testing Centre:

Test Taker’s Guide – for people about to undergo a psychological test

Test User’s Guide – for users of psychological tests

360 Degree Feedback – guidelines for those responsible for 360 degree feedback

Assessment and Development Centres – guidelines for those involved in this type of assessment

Psychological Testing – a short code of practice

Computer-based Assessment – guidelines for those who use computers in assessment

Dyslexia and Occupational Testing – practical information for testing those with Dyslexia

Visual Impairment and Psychometric Testing – guidelines for testing those with visual impairment

Graphology – the use of graphology in personnel assessment

International Guidelines on Computer & Internet Testing – for testing anywhere!

Why is Best Practice Psychometric Testing and Assessment Important?

There are many reasons to employ Best Practice Psychometric Testing.  We will just mention a few. Firstly, the test user has a duty to the test-taker to ensure the entire process is as positive as it can be. This will mean choosing the right test, with good psychometric properties, administering it competently, scoring it in a standardized manner and then accurately interpreting those scores.

Getting any of these wrong results in error and a lack of fairness in the process. This will result in a poor experience for the candidate, which in turn will reflect poorly on you and your organization. Stakeholders in your organization will be disappointed should things go wrong and, don’t forget, somebody has to pay for these assessments. If they are not used properly, their validity becomes suspect and hence, money is wasted!

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