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Testing in Psychology

Select three tests (one from each of three different categories, e.g., intelligence and vocational interest) from the list below and give a brief description of the tests you selected. Consider how you might use each of these three tests in a specific context and the rationale for using each text in the context described.

Intelligence Tests:
Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, 4th Edition (WAIS-IV)

Vocational Interest Tests:
Career Assessment Inventory

Test of Personality/Psychopathology:
Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, 2 (MMPI-2)

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Intelligence Tests:
Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, 4th Edition (WAIS-IV)

The Wechsler products are the most frequently used measure of intelligence for children, adolescents and adults (Benson, Hulac, and Kranzler, 2010). The Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale contains aspects of verbal comprehension, perceptual reasoning, working memory, fluid reasoning, and processing speed, among other measured areas of intelligence (Benson, et al., 2010). This particular intelligence (the WAIS-IV) scale can be given to individuals from 16-90 years of age and is not specific to age, ethnicity, gender or education level.

According to a study done by Benson, Hulac and Kranzler (2010) "the WAIS-IV scoring structure does not provide a consistent description of test performance across age groups" (p. 127). Essentially, though the test can be given to a wide age range of individuals, it does not appear to elicit accurate results with the range of 16-90 years of age. To mitigate this, I would suggest delivering the test to only those within the 30-70 years of age ranges as this does seem to have been ...

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Testing in psychology: Intelligence Tests, Vocational Interest Tests, and Tests of Personality/Psychopathology. Three tests, one from each area, are explored, described and considered. 550 words, 3 references.