Unit 1 Discussion 1
Assumptions About Psychological Testing and Assessment
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In the unit introduction, you read about the influence that your history and previous
experiences with tests may likely have on your perception of them at the start of
this course. Remember to set aside these perceptions as you enter the course and
learn about tests and their measurement. Remain cognizant of them as you proceed
so they do not prevent you from learning about tests and, perhaps, change your
mind, either way, about them. Additionally, in your readings from the
Psychological Testing and Assessment text, you were introduced to seven basic
assumptions about psychological assessment. Identify the one assumption that was
the most difficult for you to accept based on your current understanding or
previous experiences with testing.
In your post:
•Identify the assumption by number and title that presented the most questions for
you. (Include the number and title in your subject line of the discussion thread
when you post it.) Also, include an indicator about how concerning the assumption
is to you at this time (that is, 0 = No concern at all, just the most problematic
relative to all other assumptions I am presented; 1 = Somewhat concerned with this
assumption; 2 = Very concerned with this assumption; 3 = Significantly concerned
and in disagreement with this assumption).
•Identify specific parts or elements of the assumption that were most concerning to
•Analyze if the assumption elements identified are based on (a) your previous
experiences, (b) others' perspectives, (c) facts, or (d) a combination of these.
•Discuss why these elements were most concerning to you in terms of those
previous experiences, perspectives, or facts. Essentially, share an example of those
experiences or knowledge that resulted in your current concern.
•Identify which future chapter in the Psychological Testing and Assessment text
may be important and relevant for you, based on the assumption you identified
(Hint: Look through the Table of Contents or Index in your text for help).
EACH DISCUSSION SHOULD BE A MINIMUM OF 500 WORDS WITH 2
REFERENCES ONE OF WHICH SHOULD BE THE BOOK