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Comprehending Test Manuals

A Guide and Workbook

By Ann C Silverlake

© 1998 – Routledge

122 pages

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• Your students will get valuable practice in interpreting actual excerpts from published test manuals.

• Each of the 39 exercises begins with a guideline that helps students review the measurement concepts they will need in order to complete the exercise.

• Background notes on each exercise describe the purpose of the test from which the excerpt was drawn.

• Students answer questions that require them to locate and interpret important points in the excerpt.

• The excerpts are largely unabridged so that students practice interpreting material as it is actually presented by test makers.

• The skills they learn with this book can be easily transferred to other test manuals they may be using in the future.

• Students have an ethical responsibility to be thoroughly familiar with the technical characteristics of the tests they will use. This book prepares them for this responsibility.

• All major topics are covered, including:

· validity

· reliability

· standard error of measurement

· norm group composition

· derived scores

· scales to detect faking

· item analysis

· cultural bias

• The excerpts are drawn from tests such as:

· Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children

· Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test

· 16PF

· Stanford Binet Intelligence Scale


· Beck Depression Inventory

· Stanford Achievement Test Series

· KeyMath

· and many others!

Table of Contents

Part A: Reliability

1. Test-Retest Reliability

Behavior Rating Profile

2. Interscorer Reliability

Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence

3. Internal Consistency and Test-Retest Reliability

Occupational Aptitude Survey and Interest Schedule

4. Internal Consistency Reliability (Cronbach’s Alpha)

The Sixteen Factor Personality Questionnaire

Part B: Validity

5. Concurrent Validity and Test-Retest Reliability

Reading and Arithmetic Indexes (12)

6. Concurrent Validity

Thurstone Test of Mental Alertness

7. Predictive Validity

Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children

8. Content Validity: I

Test of Written Language

9. Content Validity: II

Boehm Test of Basic Concepts

10. Construct Validity: I

Comprehensive Receptive and Expressive Vocabulary Test

11. Construct Validity: II

Gray Oral Reading Tests

12. Construct Validity: III

Beck Depression Inventory

Part C: Standardized Test Scores

13. Percentile Ranks

Test of Pragmatic Language

14. Stanines

Flanagan Aptitude Classification Test

15. IQ Scores

Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children

16. Derived Scores and the Normal Curve

Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test

17. Grade Equivalents


18. Age Equivalents

Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales

Part D: Issues in Interpreting Standardized Test Scores

19. Norm Group Composition: I

The Adaptive Behavior Evaluation Scale

20. Norm Group Composition: II

The Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire

21. Standard Error of Measurement: I

Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test

22. Standard Error of Measurement: II

Behavior Dimensions Scale–School Version

23. Standard Error of Measurement and Alternate-Forms Reliability

Stanford Achievement Test Series

24. Significance of Intra-Ability Difference Scores

Gray Oral Reading Tests

Part E: Bias in Testing

25. Use of a Bias Review Panel

Personality Assessment Inventory

26. Pretesting Items to Reduce Bias

SRA Pictorial Reasoning Test

27. Procedures to Eliminate Bias

Stanford Achievement Test Series

Part F: Issues in Personality Measurement

28. Scales for Detecting Faking

Tennessee Self-Concept Scale

29. Experiment on Faking

Survey of Interpersonal Values

30. Social Desirability Scale

The Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire

31. Item Omissions and Validity

Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory

32. Lie Scale

Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory

Part G: Item Analysis

33. Item Analysis: I

The Attention Deficit Disorders Evaluation Scale–Home Version

34. Item Analysis: II

Comprehensive Receptive and Expressive Vocabulary Test

Part H: Other Issues in Testing

35. Equivalence of Editions

Self-Directed Search

36. Presenting Intelligence Test Items

Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale

37. Testing Conditions

Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory

38. Establishing Rapport During Test Administration

Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Cognitive Ability

39. Responsibility for Test Security

Woodcock Language Proficiency Battery

Appendix A: Review of Basic Statistics

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Research & Methodology


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