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PSYC 469 v2 Assignment 1 Test Review 2016-10-02, 3:47 PM

Assignment 1: Test Review

The test review will allow you the opportunity to critically examine a
test/assessment tool in detail. The objectives for completing this review

1. Description of the tool

Examine, in-depth, one particular test/assessment tool, relative
to this course, that is of interest to you.

2. Strengths and weaknesses of the tool

Use the knowledge and skills acquired while completing the
course units to critically analyze and evaluate the strengths and
limitations of the test. This includes examining the development
process of the tool, standardization, reliability and validity
evidence, and normative data.

3. Usefulness of the tool

Identify how the test ndings could be used in decision making
for the individual completing the test.

4. Issues
Identify possible testing issues with the use of the test

5. Report
Articulate your ndings in a scholarly and coherent manner.

(Hint: Use these headings, with the exception of "report" to help you
organize the body of your paper.)

Weighting: The test review assignment is worth 35% of the nal grade
for the course.

Due Date: Week 20 of the suggested study schedule found in the

Student Manual.

Test Options for Review

NOTE: These tests can be ordered from the AU Library.

Beery-Buktencia Developmental Test of Visual Motor Integration, Fifth

Beery TM VMI

Behavior Assessment System for Children, Second Edition


Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test


Canadian Test of Basic Skills Page 1 of 5
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Career Occupational Preference System

High School

Career Occupational Preference System


Expressive Vocabulary Test, Second Edition


Gates MacGinite Reading Tests, Second Edition

Gray Oral Reading Test, Fourth Edition


Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement, Second Edition

Comprehensive Form

Key Math 3
Diagnostic Assessment
Canadian Edition

Key Math
A Diagnostic Inventory of Essential Mathematics
Revised Canadian Norms

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator


Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation Behavior


Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test, Fourth Edition


Scales of Independent Behavior Revised


Strong Interest Inventory R

High School

Strong Interest Inventory R

Standard Prole

Strong Interest Inventory R


Test of Early Reading Ability Third Edition


Test of Language Development, Fourth Edition


Test of Written Language, Fourth Edition Page 2 of 5
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Test of Written Spelling, Fourth Edition


Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, Second Edition


Wide Range Achievement Test 4


Woodcock Reading Mastery Tests-Revised

Woodcock-Johnson R III Tests of Achievement



This assignment allows you an opportunity to examine and critically

analyze an assessment tool in depth. This assignment will challenge
you to use the knowledge and theory you have acquired in a practical
way. Identify one of the assessment tools from the list provided that
you would like to examine. You may choose an alternative assessment
tool that you have access to, but you must acquire tutor approval rst.
If you are using a tool from the list you will need to order the
assessment tool from the AU library. The library will send you a
package containing the test manual and a copy of the assessment tool.
You will need to examine the manual in detail to successfully complete
this assignment. The manual will oer the information about the
assessment tool that you will need to address in your paper.

After you have chosen the test/assessment tool you will critically
analyze, you will need to examine it in detail, and you will also need to
do some reading about the test in other sources. The best sources to
examine are primary sources (original studies and/or articles published
in professional journals and written by authors with recognized
credentials). Textbooks can also oer solid research information, but
may not allow the kind of detail you need to critically analyze the
development process used to create the test with supportive
correlation data. It is important that you look for possible bias or
heavily opinionated comments in the sources you examine.

Preparation and Organization

This assignment should include the three major components of a

paper: introduction, body, and conclusion. Within the body of the
paper you will need to include the sections identied in the Marking
Criteria to follow. The paper should ow from one component to the
next. You will want to prepare an outline as you are preparing the
papers content. Your paper should follow proper APA style (please see
The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed.),
be double-spaced, and use 12-point font size. Your paper should be
approximately 8 to 10 pages long.

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You will be submitting your assignment to the Assignment Drop Box,

which is located on your course web page. It is important to save a
copy of your paper for your own les.

Intellectual Integrity

It is important that all students enrolled in courses with Athabasca

University adhere to the principles of intellectual integrity. Plagiarism is
strictly forbidden. Be certain to acknowledge and properly identify any
material directly quoted or paraphrased from another source in
accordance with APA style. Failure to do so will be considered academic
misconduct and will be penalized in the form of rejection of submitted
work and/or expulsion from the examination, the course, or the
program, depending on the nature of the infraction. For more
information on this, you may request a brochure about intellectual
honesty by phoning: 1-800-788-9041 (ext. 6286) or by email: This information is also available on the
Athabasca University web page.

Grading Criteria

The rst assignment will be assessed on the following criteria. Your

paper should begin with a title page and end with a reference list. The
paper should follow APA format for the title page, body, headings, in-
text citations, and reference list.

Section Grading Criteria Total

Introduction Introduction should be concise and to /10

the point. It should have

several statements introducing

the topic in an interesting but
concise way
a clear statement of the rationale
for the paper
a description of the purpose of
the paper
an outline of the structure of the
paper (what you are going to

Body: Test This should include a detailed and /50

Development and thorough examination of test
Technical development, standardization,
Information normative procedures, test reliability,
(Standardization, and validity. This includes evaluation of
Validity, Reliability, technical data based on information
Norms) you have gathered from the course

Body: Critical This should be an accurate evaluation of /20

Analysis the strengths and limitations of the test
(Evaluation of and how these would inuence
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limitations of test, test results. Testing issues that relate to

how these would the test should be thoroughly
inuence decision discussed. One or more references from
making around the manual should be included in the
results, and critical analysis.
discussion of
possible testing
issues such as who
this test would be
appropriate for)

Conclusion(s) Present a clear, logical summary and /10

statement of your conclusions.

Writing Style and Use excellent organization, grammar, /10

Skills spelling, and punctuation, and
consistent use of APA (6th ed.) style in
title page, body of the report, in-text
citations, and reference list. The title
page should include a title appropriate
for a scientic paper, and should
identify the student name and ID#,
course, and instructor. A well-organized
report will use headings and clear,
logical transitions to shift from one
section to the next. Check APA format for
the format of running heads and

Total /100

Submit your assignment to the Assignment 1 Drop Box.

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