Psychological Testing/Evaluation

Psychological testing is a field characterized by the use of samples of behavior, most often administered as a series of items in which the individual must give a response, in order to assess psychological construct(s), such as ability, cognitive and emotional functioning, or personality. The technical term for the science behind psychological testing is psychometrics. By samples of behavior, one means observations of an individual performing tasks that have usually been prescribed beforehand, which often means scores on a test. These responses are often compiled into statistical tables that allow the evaluator to compare the behavior of the individual being tested to the responses of a norm group.