Identify the major categories of psychological assessment.

ntroduction and Overview (Portrait or landscape orientation may be used for the page layout of this section.)
Students will begin their Guides with a general overview of assessment.  In this two-page section, students will briefly address the major  aspects of the assessment process. Students are encouraged to develop  creative titles for these topics that effectively communicate the  meanings to the intended audience.

  • Definition of a Test (e.g., What is a Test?)
  • Briefly define psychological assessment.
  • Types of Tests
  • Identify the major categories of psychological assessment.
  • Reliability and Validity
  • Briefly define the concepts of reliability and validity as they apply to psychological assessment.
  • Role of testing and assessment in the diagnostic process
  • Briefly explain role of assessment in diagnosis.
  • Professionals Who Administer Tests
  • Briefly describe the types of professionals involved in various assessment processes.
  • Culture and Testing
  • Briefly describe issues of cultural diversity as it applies to psychological assessment.

Categories of Assessment (Portrait or landscape orientation may be used for the page layout of this section.)
For each of the following, students will create a two-page information  sheet or pamphlet to be included in the Assessment Guide. For each  category of assessment, students will include the required content  listed in the PSY640 Content for Testing Pamphlets and Information Sheets (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. Be sure to reference the content requirements (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. prior to completing each of the information sheets on the following categories of assessment.

  • Tests of Intelligence
  • Tests of Achievement
  • Tests of Ability
  • Neuropsychological Testing
  • Personality Testing
  • Industrial, Occupational, and Career Assessment
  • Forensic Assessment
  • Special Topics (Students will specify which topic they selected for  this pamphlet or information sheet. Additional instructions are noted  below.)

Special Topics (Student’s Choice)
In addition to the required  seven categories of assessment listed above, students will develop an  eighth information sheet or pamphlet that includes information targeted  either at a specific population or about a specific issue related to  psychological assessment not covered in one of the previous sections.  Students may choose from one of the following categories:

  • Testing Preschool-Aged Children
  • Testing Elementary School-Aged Children
  • Testing Adolescents
  • Testing Geriatric Patients
  • Testing First Generation Immigrants
  • Testing in Rural Communities
  • Testing English Language Learners
  • Testing Individuals Who Are (Select one: Deaf, Blind, Quadriplegic)
  • Testing Individuals Who Are Incarcerated
  • Testing for Competency to Stand Trial
  • Testing in Child Custody Cases

References (Portrait orientation must be used for the page layout of this section.)
Include a separate reference section that is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.The  reference list must consist entirely of scholarly sources. For the  purposes of this assignment, assessment manuals, the course textbook,  chapters from graduate-level textbooks, chapters from professional  books, and peer-reviewed journal articles may be used as resource  material. A minimum of 16 unique scholarly sources including a minimum  of 12 peer-reviewed articles published within the last 10 years from the  Ashford University Library must be used within the Assessment Guide.  The bulleted list of credible professional and/or educational online  resources required for each assessment area will not count toward these  totals.