Consider the following scenarios -

A job applicant for a position of airline pilot is administered a personality test in the recruitment process. The test results indicate that the person tends to speak and act before thinking and processing of information. He is found to be low in taking commands from authority and shows poor tolerance to stress. His academic records and training certificate has excellent remarks but still the candidate is rejected for the position.

A student in Grade 10 is unable to decide the stream of his/her choice and quite unsure about the career to pursue. After taking career inventory, it is found that the student has excellent communication skills and is quite good in negotiating and influencing others. Further, the personality test reveals that the student is quite friendly, social, helpful and gregarious. The career counselor advised the student to take Social Sciences in Grade 11 and think of careers like marketing, sales, social work and psychology.

Understanding Psychometric Tests:

The above two scenarios indicate the importance of psychometric testing and the way these tests impact the important decisions of a person's life. However, the layperson's understanding of of a psychological test does not necessarily coincide with the viewpoint of a psychometrician, a psychology expert who develops and evaluates psychological tests. According to these experts, the chief feature of a psychological test is to assess a sample of behavior that allows the examiner to make inferences about the total domain of relevant behaviors of a tests taker. This is done through standardized, scientific and objective procedures so that an accurate understanding and prediction of behavior of the test taker can be done. A psychometric test describes the behaviors in terms of categories or scores. The test results are in the form of number or scores that gives evidence that a test taker belongs to one category or the other.

Uses of Psychometric Tests:

Psychometric tests are used in a variety of domains to make important decisions about persons. For example - educational institutions use ability & achievement tests to determine selection and placement levels for students; Universities decide who should be admitted to which course on the basis of results of aptitude tests; Organizations use personality tests for personnel selection, promotion and training; Neuropsychologists employ psychometric tests to determine the level of cognitive functioning of a person; Career counselors use these tests to help students decide their prospective career choices. Thus, there are hundreds- perhaps thousands- of uses of psychometric tests to everyday problems such as job selection, counseling, diagnosis, evaluation, self-understanding, interest and many others. The idea of a psychometric test is thus a pervasive element of our life.

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