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Psychological Testing

Psychological Testing
A Practical Approach

Fourth Edition
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Applied Psychology | Psychology

May 2015 | 620 pages | SAGE Texts

A clear introduction to the basics of psychological testing, psychometrics and relevant statistical tools, and their application in everyday educational, clinical and organizational settings.

Written in response to a growing need for a textbook on psychological testing conducive to student learning, Psychological Testing: A Practical Approach provides readers with a clear and accessible introduction to the field. This book gives students an understanding of the basic concepts, issues, and tools used in psychological testing, and also illustrates how these are relevant in day-to-day educational, organizational and clinical environments.

The primary objective of this text is to focus on the testing process and the core psychometric concepts required to gain an appreciation of how to use and interpret tests properly.


•  A clear and simple writing style in a conversational tone to make understanding enjoyable.

•  Section previews and concept maps provide students with written and graphic overviews of the content and help instructors set the context of the proceeding chapters.

•  For Your Information boxes throughout chapters supplement the material with relevant and interesting information about a particular topic.

•  Interim Summaries throughout each chapter summarize important information discussed in the chapter to help students focus on key points.

•  End-of-chapter Learning Activities for groups and individuals provide exercises that promote hands-on understanding of the concepts.

•  In the News and On the Web feature stories on testing from print news media and related resources on test–stimuli availability and security on the web.


What Are Psychological Tests?
Why Is Psychological Testing Important?
Is There a Right or Wrong Way to Use Psychological Tests?
How Does Computerized Testing Work?
How Do Test Users Interpret Test Scores?
What Is Test Reliability?
How Do We Gather Evidence of Validity Based on the Content of a Test?
How Do We Gather Evidence of Validity Based on a Test’s Relationships with External Criteria?
How Do We Gather Evidence of Validity Based on a Test’s Relation to Constructs?
How Do We Construct, Administer, and Use Survey Data?
How Do We Develop a Test?
How Do We Assess the Psychometric Quality of a Test?
How Are Tests Used in Educational Settings?
How Are Tests Used in Clinical and Counseling Settings?
How Are Tests Used in Organizational Settings?
Appendix A: Test Spotlights
Appendix B: Guidelines for Critiquing a Psychological Test
Appendix C: Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education
Appendix D: Table of Critical Values for Pearson Product–Moment Correlation Coefficients
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Leslie Anne Miller

Leslie A. Miller, PhD, SHRM-CP, PHR, has broad experience in consulting, teaching, and researching in the area of organizational and educational assessment, measurement, and development. Currently the owner of her own consulting business, LanneM TM, LLC, she provides her clients with pragmatic and affordable talent management solutions to help them acquire, develop, and retain the talent they need to achieve desired business results. Her expertise includes designing performance improvement and management tools and knowledge tests, customizing and facilitating leadership training programs, providing assessment-based executive coaching, and... More About Author

Robert L. Lovler

Robert L. Lovler, PhD, has over 30 years of experience working as both an internal and an external consultant to Fortune 500 companies in the areas of employee assessment and selection, organizational development, strategic human resource consulting, and training design and delivery. His career began at CBS Inc., where he served in several roles, including director of training for the retail consumer electronics unit, then moving up to vice president of two different units within the CBS Publishing Group. He is currently senior vice president of global human resources at Wilson Learning Corporation, an international consulting firm that... More About Author

Sandra A. McIntire

Sandra A.McIntire, Ph.D., received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology and her doctor of philosophy degree in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of South Florida. She began her career in the human resources department of the city of Clearwater, Florida, and moved into consulting with Wilson Learning Corporation (WLC) as a senior project manager. At WLC, she developed the first retail video selection test, the Teller Selection Program (TAP). She also consulted with Fortune 500 companies such as Citibank NA, United Technologies, IBM, and General Motors. In 1991, she accepted a tenure track professorship in... More About Author

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