Psychological Assessment Process Techniques Quiz

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What is the first step in the traditional psychological assessment process?

Determine the reason for referral

When conducting an intake interview for a child, who else is typically interviewed besides the child?

The child's parents, teachers, and other individuals familiar with the child

What type of assessment tool would typically be included in a psychological assessment battery?

Structured/projective personality techniques

What is the final step in the traditional psychological assessment process?

Communicate the findings in a psychological evaluation report

What is the purpose of the intake interview in the psychological assessment process?

To gain valuable information about the client's problem and background

What is the primary consideration when choosing the tests to be included in the psychological assessment battery?

The availability of the tests and the assessor's expertise

What is the purpose of combining 'narrative critical incidents' with quantified ratings in Behaviorally-Anchored Rating Scales (BARS)?

To provide additional context to the rating system

Why is observation of a client during a psychological test interview considered an effective source of data gathering?

To validate test results based on observable traits

What is the role of interview and observation in writing a psychological report?

To complement the sources of data

In general, what type of organizations use rating scales as an appraisal system technique?

Organizations across various sectors

What is the starting point in any science, including the field of psychological testing?

Systematic observation and description

What does 'BARS' stand for in the context of rating scales?

Behaviorally-Anchored Rating Scales

Which of the following is NOT an example of an assessment tool mentioned in the text?


What principle should interviewers follow to create an effective interview environment?

Exhibit openness, warmth, acceptance, comfort, calmness, and support

What is the term used in the text to describe the phenomenon where individuals tend to act like the models around them?

Social facilitation

What should interviewers avoid to prevent inhibiting the interviewee?

Evaluative statements

What is the primary focus of the text?

Principles and techniques for effective interviewing

What is a potential consequence of an increase in global testing in organizations?

The need to adapt assessment tools and techniques for different cultures

Study Notes

Procedures for Obtaining Information and Resolving Issues

  • Test takers, parents/guardians, and other interested parties can use various procedures to obtain more information about the test, register complaints, and have problems resolved.

Guidelines for Informing Test Takers

  • Global testing is becoming increasingly recognized, especially in the context of a diverse workforce and global human resource assessment.
  • As global testing in organizations increases, there will be a need to adapt assessment tools and techniques for different cultures.

Assessment Tools

  • Interviews: Intake Interview, Clinical Interview, Family History Interview
  • Tests: Psychometric, Projective, Documents, Case History, Portfolio
  • Observations: Behavioral Assessment
  • Principles in Effective Interviewing: warmth, acceptance, comfort, calmness, and support

Psychological Assessment Process

  • Reason for Referral: determine the nature of the client's problem to determine the tests/assessment tools needed to administer
  • Conduct Intake Interview: gain valuable information through interviewing, including parents, teachers, and other individuals familiar with the child
  • Choose Tests to be Included in the Test Battery: consider availability and expertise, including cognitive capacity, achievement, and behavioral assessments
  • Administer the Tests: include a test of cognitive capacity, achievement test/aptitude test, behavioral assessments, and structured/projective personality techniques
  • Intervention: integrate all test results and score and interpret each test result
  • Communicate Findings: write a psychological evaluation report

Non-Test Instruments

  • Behavioral Observations: systematic observation and description of events and behaviors, used to validate test results
  • Rating Scales: widely used appraisal system technique, aims to combine narrative critical incidents and quantified ratings, example: Behaviorally—Anchored Rating Scales (BARS)

Test your knowledge on the techniques involved in the psychological assessment process, including traditional, technician assisted, and teleassessment methods. Questions cover elements like conducting intake interviews, test selection, administering tests, interpreting results, and preparing psychological evaluation reports.

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