In this discussion, you will introduce yourself to the class as if you were intr
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In this discussion, you will introduce yourself to the class as if you were introducing yourself to a prospective employer. Review the course topics by clicking on the weekly overviews in the left navigation bar and take note of those in which you are particularly interested. Then briefly review the information on your chosen topics in the textbook and select one category of assessment (e.g., intellectual, forensic, neuropsychological, personality) that is of particular interest to you. Take note of two assessment instruments within your chosen category.
You have been invited to interview for a position in an organization that specializes in the category of assessment you have chosen. Imagine you are sitting at the head of a conference table with 10 to 12 staff members who are about to ask you questions related to your knowledge, skills, and abilities. The first question you are asked is, “Tell us about yourself and why you are interested in working in this field.” Reflect on your career goals and consider your professional development based on academic and relevant work experiences. Describe any relevant work experiences as well as proven academic and/or career successes related to this field. Briefly explain the aspects of your chosen assessment category and why it is of particular interest to you. Briefly compare the two assessment instruments you reviewed in your textbook and describe their basic elements. Conclude with a statement about your current situation and what you are looking for in an organization. Remember the personal information you share can reinforce an image of you as a good candidate for the position. As you craft your initial post, be sure to include what you want the interviewer to remember about you when you leave. For example, if the job requires someone who is patient, self-controlled, and detail-oriented, this would be an opportunity to share any hobbies or avocational interests in which you demonstrate those skills.
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PSY640: Test Categories and Testing Instruments
Taken from: Gregory, R. J. (2014). Psychological testing: History, principles, and applications (7th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson
Note: section links (i.e., “Sec.1.1”) correspond to the general location where the information can be found in the primary text for this course, Gregory (2014), which can also be accessed through Modules -> Required Resources from within Canvas.
1) Choose a Category of Testing – Sec.1.4
Intelligence Tests: Measure an individual’s ability in relatively global areas such as verbal comprehension, perceptual organization, or reasoning and thereby help determine potential for scholastic work or certain occupations.
Aptitude Tests: Measure the capability for a relatively specific task or type of skill; aptitude tests are, in effect, a narrow form of ability testing.
Achievement Tests: Measure a person’s degree of learning, success, or accomplishment in a subject or task.
Personality Tests: Measure the traits, qualities, or behaviors that determine a person’s individuality; such tests include checklists, inventories, and projective techniques.
Behavioral Procedures: Objectively describe and count the frequency of a behavior, identifying the antecedents and consequences of the behavior.
Creativity Tests: Assess novel, original thinking and the capacity to find unusual or unexpected solutions, especially for vaguely defined problems.
Neuropsychological Tests: Measure cognitive, sensory, perceptual, and motor performance to determine the extent, locus, and behavioral consequences of brain damage.
Industrial, Occupational, and Career: Industrial and organizational psychology (I/O psychology) is the subspecialty of psychology that deals with behavior in work situations. In its broadest sense, I/O psychology includes diverse applications in business, advertising, and the military.
Interest Inventories: Measure an individual’s preference for certain activities or topics and thereby help determine occupational choice.
Forensic Tests: Expert court testimony based upon psychological test results.
*****Choose two tests within the category you picked in part 1 above, read about them in the Gregory text and then continue working on the “Post Your Introduction” Discussion assignment.*****