2nd Edition

Handbook of Psychological Testing

By Paul Kline Copyright 2000

    Since publication in its first edition the Handbook of Psychological Testing has become the standard text for organisational and educational psychologists. It offers the only comprehensicve, modern and clear account of the whole of the field of psychometrics. It covers psychometric theory, the different kinds of psychological test, applied psychological testing, and the evaluation of the best published psychological tests. It is outstanding for its detailed and complete coverage of the field, its clarity (even for the non-mathematical) and its emphasis on the practical application of psychometric theory in psychology and education, as well as in vocational, occupational and clinical fields.
    For this second edition the Handbook has been extensively revised and updated to include the latest research and thinking in the field. Unlike other work in this area, it challenges the scientific rigour of conventional psychometrics and identifies groundbreaking new ways forward.

    Section I: Psychometric Theory and Method. Reliability of Tests: practical issues. The Validity of Psychological Tests. The Classical Model of Test Error. Standardising the Test. Rasch Scaling and Other Scales. Computerised and Tailored Testing. Factor Analysis. Factor Analysis: rotation of factors and other topics. Test Construction: the criterion-keyed method. Test Construction: factor analytic and item analytic methods. Other Methods of Test Construction. Section II: Types of Psychological Tests: rationale and problems. Intelligence Tests. Ability Tests. Aptitude and Attainment Tests. Personality Questionnaires. Projective and Objective Tests of Personality. Interest and Motivation Tests. Other Type of Psychological Tests. Section III: The Use and Interpretation of Tests. Tests in Educational Psychology. Psychometric Tests in Clinical Psychology. Tests in Counselling and Guidance. Psychological Tests in Occupational and Industrial Psychology. Section IV: Psychological Tests: lists, descriptions and evaluations. Intelligence Tests. Ability, Aptitude and Attainment Tests. Personality Questionnaires. Projective and Objective Tests. Motivation and Interest Tests. Measures of Attitudes. Other Tests. The New Psychometrics. Finale Appendices 1: Statistical Formulae. 2: Glossary.


    Paul Kline is Emeritus Professor of Psychometrics at the University of Exeter, and has worked extensively as a consultant in test construction.