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Technology and testing
1. Technology provides for fast, convenient mental and emotional testing, and allows for
large volumes of test data to be processed and stored at no major cost. Technology-based tests are
easily distributable to researchers. They provide for unparalleled consistency in test administration,
since it is possible to project exactly the same format of questions on millions of computer screens.
This helps prevent the side effects of administering tests in diverse research settings. Computerized
testing also greatly facilitates the logistics of testing in remote areas. Also, it provides
opportunities to design interactive attention-catching interfaces.
Internet technology has allowed for emotional and mental testing in several fields. One of
these areas includes personality surveys or assessments, that are used by individuals and
organizations on for non-clinical purposes. Organizations use tests in order to assess the
corresponding skills of applying or accepted workers. Another direction of Internet tests is
emotional, relationship, or personality assessments administered to individuals. These tests help
people identify emotional traits and determine directions for personality development. However,
unsanctioned psycho-diagnostic tests may also be offered among these assessments, and carry
harmful consequences in the hands of non-professionals. Professional psycho-diagnostic
measures, such as the MMPI or the MMPI-2, are sometimes digitized as well. Another sector that
benefits from Internet testing is the forensic sector.
Today, most Internet test content is being administrated by educational institutions, smallscale psychological care providers, and test provider companies. In one of th...