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Modern Psychometrics

The Science of Psychological Assessment, 3rd Edition

By John Rust, Susan Golombok


272 pages

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Today psychometrics plays an increasingly important role in all our lives as testing and assessment occurs from preschool until retirement. This book introduces the reader to the subject in all its aspects, ranging from its early history, school examinations, how to construct your own test, controversies about IQ and recent developments in testing on the internet.

In Part one of Modern Psychometrics, Rust and Golombok outline the history of the field and discuss central theoretical issues such as IQ, personality and integrity testing and the impact of computer technology and the internet. In Part two a practical step-by-step guide to the development of a psychometric test is provided. This will enable anyone wishing to develop their own test to plan, design, construct and validate it to a professional standard. This third edition has been extensively updated and expanded to take into account recent developments in the field, making it the ideal companion for those studying for the British Psychological Society’s Certificates of Competence in Testing.

Modern Psychometrics combines an up to date scientific approach to the subject with a full consideration of the political and ethical issues involved in the large scale implementation of psychometrics testing in today’s highly networked society, particularly in terms of issues of diversity and internationalism. It will be useful to students and practictioners at all levels who are interested in psychometrics.


"Without assuming any prior knowledge of mathematics, nor of psychology, Modern Psychometrics 3rd Edition outlines the major issues in psychometrics and places them into context by reviewing past and current developments in intelligence research and personality theory. This will be an extraordinarily easy book to read for anyone who is interested in learning what psychometrics is about." Alberto Maydeu-Oliveras, University of Barcelona

"This text covers moral and ethical issues in psychometrics extensively. It is very readable and has extensive coverage of some topics that are only briefly mentioned in other texts."Lauri Nummenmaa, University of Tampere

"A book that, contrary to all expectations, makes psychometrics readable and interesting. Special virtues include showing that statistical rigor cannot be detached from people's perceptions and that controversies, such as criterion versus norm based assessment or measuring traits versus the capacity to perform a role, dissolve when one designs a good test." - Professor James R. Flynn, author of What Is Intelligence?

Table of Contents

Preface. Part 1. 1. The Development of Psychometrics. 2. The Objectives of Testing and Assessment. 3. The Process of Test Construction. 4. Item Analysis. 5. Characteristics of Tests. 6. Bias in Testing and Assessment. 7. Factor Analysis. 8. Using Psychometrics in Educational Settings. 9. Personality Theory and Clinical Assessment. 10. Psychometric Assessment of Personality in Occupational Settings. 11. Ethical Test Use and Integrity Testing. 12. Psychometrics in the Information Technology Age. Part 2. 13. Constructing your own Questionnaire. Bibliography.

About the Authors

John Rust is Director of The Psychometrics Centre at the University of Cambridge and a Senior Member of Darwin College.

Susan Golombok is Professor of Family Research at the University of Cambridge, Director of the Centre for Family Research, and a Fellow of Newnham College.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Assessment, Testing & Measurement