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Essentials of Psychological Testing

ISBN: 978-0-471-41978-5
342 pages
July 2004, ©2004
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An excellent primer on the key concepts of psychometrics

Essentials of Psychological Testing surveys the basic principles of psychometrics, supplies the information needed to understand and evaluate tests, and introduces readers to the major contemporary reference works in the field. It is the only book to provide such a thorough and up-to-date overview of psychometrics in an engaging, accessible format.

As part of the Essentials of Behavioral Science series, this book offers an overview of the most relevant psychometric concepts and techniques that provides the foundation necessary for knowledgeable, informed practice. Each concise chapter features numerous callout boxes highlighting key concepts, bulleted points, and extensive illustrative material, as well as "Test Yourself" questions that help to gauge and reinforce readers' grasp of the information covered.

Starting with a basic introduction to psychological tests, their historical development, and their uses, Essentials of Psychological Testing also covers the statistical procedures most frequently used in testing, the frames of reference for score interpretation, reliability, validity, and test item considerations, as well as guidelines for test selection, administration, scoring, and reporting test results. Whether as an orientation for those new to the field, a refresher for those already acquainted with it, or as a reference for seasoned clinicians, Essentials of Psychological Testing is an invaluable resource on the fundamentals of this evolving area of practice.
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Series Preface.

One: Introduction to Psychological Tests and Their Uses.

Two: Essential Statistics for Testing.

Three: Essentials of Test Score Interpretation.

Four: Essentials of Reliability.

Five: Essentials of Validity.

Six: Essential Test Item Considerations.

Seven: Essentials of Test Use.

Appendix A: Commercially Available Tests.

Appendix B: Addresses of Test Publishers and Distributors.

Appendix C: Table of Areas and Ordinates of the Normal Curve.

References.

Index.

Acknowledgments.

About the Author.

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Susana Urbina, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville. She is the coauthor of the seventh edition of Anne Anastasi’s classic text Psychological Testing (Prentice Hall).
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  1. Written by leading expert and coauthor of #1 text in psychological testing (Anastasi & Urbina)

  2. Features student-friendly Essentials format and style (e.g., callout boxes, "Test Yourself" questions, practical examples)

  3. Includes most up-to-date information on psychological testing available.

  4. Presents key information and required knowledge in a succinct manner.
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“…a core reading material for everyone embarking on an effort or a course to learn what is and how to do psychological testing.” (PSYPAG – Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group, No.54. March 2005)
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