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Designing a Test

List and describe the 6 major steps in designing a test.

Explain why each item is important and give examples that have not been given by classmates of why researchers follow a set order when organizing a test.

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1. List and describe the 6 major steps in designing a test. Explain why each item is important.

Designing a psychological test isn't extraordinarily difficult, as long as researchers have access to a hundred or so people who have the trait they are testing for and another hundred who don't (control group). The six steps researchers or other test developers (student, etc.) take in designing a test includes:

1. Figure out what they want to test for. See what the symptoms are and find out what its related to. Before they start they should have some evidence that the trait they are testing for isn't a figment of their imagination. It needs to be worth their while and a real phenomenon of significance to test.

2. Make up a long list of questions--at least 3 or 4 times as many as they want to test to include at the end. Make sure the questions don't have excessive "face validity" (meaning, don't make them too obvious!) If the questions are obvious, the results will reflect self-image, or the image the test taker wants to project, and so it won't necessarily be accurate.

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Lists and describes the 6 major steps in designing a test. It also explains why each item is important and give examples that have not been given by classmates of why researchers follow a set order when organizing a test.

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