Ability Assessment Evaluation Development

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Ability Assessment Evaluation

Select an existing Ability Test and discuss the possible sources of error that may be inherent in this instrument. Explain why some sources of error are likely to be larger than others for your selected test. Along with the text, and the two articles listed below, locate an additional two peer reviewed journal articles. (5 total references)

The (2) articles below are accessible through the following Library links. Respond to the corresponding questions in an essay format; summarize the salient validity issues in each article.

Maydeu-Olivares, A., Coffman, D. L., Garcia-Forero, C., & Gallardo-Pujol, D. (2010). Hypothesis testing for coefficient alpha: An SEM approach. Behavior Research Methods, 42(2), 618. Retrieved from https://search-proquest-com.libauth.purdueglobal.edu/central/docview/347860499?accountid=34544

  1. Describe at least three (3) different situations these researchers used to test their hypotheses.
  2. Discuss why the authors attribute the assumptions of normal and asymptotically distributions.

Streiner, D. L. (2003). Starting at the Beginning: An Introduction to Coefficient Alpha and Internal Consistency. Journal of Personality Assessment, 80(1), 99-103. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com.libauth.purdueglobal.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=9243124&site=eds-live

  1. Why did this author caution the use and interpretation of the Cronbach's alpha?
  2. What are four myths that underlie a researcher’s use of alpha to estimate reliability?

Miller and Lovler (2016) recommended four websites for psychological test databases, refer to (page 30) of your textbook.

Note: Find a test measuring a construct in your area of interest for the Ability Test; do not purchase a review of any test. You will use the websites to look up the name and brief description of a test and then conduct further research on your own about this test.

The assignment should include the following:

  • Follow assignment directions (review grading rubric for best results).
  • Use correct APA formatting per the APA Publication Manual, 6th Edition.
  • Demonstrate college-level communication through the composition of original materials in Standard American English.
  • Be written in Standard American English and be clear, specific, and error-free. If needed, be sure to use the Writing Center for help.
  • Be a minimum of seven pages (not including Title Page and Reference List).

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School: UT Austin


Running head: ABILITY TEST


Ability Test
Student’s Name
Institutional Affiliation


Ability Test
Part 1

Ability tests are assessments designed to evaluate logical cognitive and contemplation
capabilities of a person, which consists of several numerous choices quizzes and often scheduled.
For instance, in workplaces, human resources could use the ability test to evaluate the skills,
knowledge, and abilities revealed by the employees in a pre-employment process. According to
Colman (2015) ability test as used in psychology has a sole objective to standardize the
measurement of results obtained from an ability test administered in a selected population.
Selected Existing Ability Test
The selected existing ability test is an aptitude test used by organizational human
resources in the recruitment process. Aptitude tests play a vital role in revealing an individual
strength, limitation, and talents, as well as focus on a person’s past achievement and preclude
recruiters on the capacity of the candidates to perform in the future (Jencks & Phillips, 2011).
Notably, aptitude tests examine the abstract reasoning, creative thinking, numerical ability,
organizational and leadership skills among other abilities based on the position of the one expect
to hold in a company.
Pros of Aptitudes Tests
Negation of the cultural effects is one of the advantages of conducting an aptitude test. In
most cases, some candidates may use certain cultural advantages to achieve success both in the
industry as well as in education. Thus, the aptitude test put the test-takers equally because the
tests are standardized, thereby reducing the presence of biases. The second advantage of aptitude
test is the efficient comparison between candidates’ abilities, skills, and knowledge. Aptitude test
as used by most organizations assist in making informed promotion and recruitment decisions. In



most cases, aptitude tests are more efficient in the process of determining someone’s ability to
handle responsibility allowing employers to make a fair comparison between candidates. The
third advantage of aptitude test is standar...

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