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Sources of Error

Read the attached case study (it is about an intellegence testing situation) and identify three aspects of the testing situation, including characteristics and behaviors of both tester and test-taker, that might have introduced error into the test score. Also, briefly comment on how you think these sources of error might influence the test-taker's score.


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Here are several aspects of the testing situation that may have introduced error into the test score. You can choose three of the following to use as your answer.

1. Dr. Frakes is dependent on Howie's father for his job: Dr. Frakes may consciously or unconsciously try to raise Howie's test score in order to make Howie's father happy.

2. Howie's father says "I know he's going to ace this IQ test of yours" in Howie's presence: Hearing ...