Essentials of Psychological Testing

General Course Information

Course Lecturer Name(s):  Dr. Justina Aire

Course Director Name: Dr. Justina Aire

Course Lecturer(s) Contact Information: +1 473 444 4175 x3253

Course Director Contact Information: +1 473 444 4175 x3253 

Course Lecturer(s) Office Hours:  Mon, & Wed.,:  11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.  and Fridays 12:004:00 P.M.   BY APPOINTMENT ONLY - Zoom Platform

Course Director Office Hours: N/A

Course Lecturer(s) Office Location: Balsier Building

Course Director Office Location: Balsier Building

Course Support: Ms. Thomas +1 473 444 4175 x3692 

Course Management tool: To learn to use Sakai, the Course management tool, access the link

Course Curriculum Information

Course Description: 

This course covers the basic concepts of psychological testing and assessment as it applies to the work of Counselors and Therapists.  It will teach the ethical and appropriate uses of assessment instruments, as well as possible misuses.  Students will be encouraged to think critically about how testing is used, and what subtle dominant cultural biases may be built into test designs.  Students will also be introduced to intelligence and ability testing, personality testing, and career interest testing.

Course Objectives: 

  1. Develop an understanding of the historical, legal, and ethical considerations of Psychological Testing and Assessment
  2. Develop an understanding the basics of the science of psychological measurement Including basic statistics
  3. Develop an understanding of the various methods and instruments used in Measuring personality
  4. Develop an understanding of the role of psychological testing and assessment in a variety of professional settings

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Develop the ethical and appropriate uses of assessment instruments, as well as possible misuses
  2. think critically about how testing is used, and what subtle dominant cultural biases may be built into test designs
  3. Develop an understanding of intelligence and ability testing, personality testing, and career interest testing

Program Outcomes Met By This Course:

PSY PO. 1. Utilize psychology knowledge in the understanding of self, and how one relates to others.

SAS Grading Scale: Grades will be assigned as follows:

A  = 89.5% or better

B+ = 84.5 - 89.4%

B  = 79.5 - 84.4%

C+ = 74.5 - 79.4%

C = 69.5 - 74.4%

D = 64.5 - 69.4%

F = 64.4% or less 

Course Materials:

Text: Required TEXT BOOK

Psychological Testing History, Principles and Applications Pearson : Global Edition: 7th Edition Robert J, Gregory ISBN 10: 1 292-05880-3 ISBN 13: 978-1-292-05880-1

Recommended Texts

E. Neukrug & R. Fawcett, Essentials of Testing & Assessment: A Practical Guide for Counselors, Social Workers and Psychologists, (2006). Thompson Publications.

Title : Understanding psychological testing  by Jackson, Charles Published: Leicester British psychological Society 1996 ISBN: 1854332007 ISBN: 9781854332004 

Other Recommended References and Reading Materials:

  • American Psychological Association. (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: APA.
  • - HR division of the American Psychological Society
  • - American Psychological Association

Course Grading Requirement:

  1. Attendance, Punctuality and Participation.  That is:      
    1. Be in class every scheduled session.
    2. Presentation attracts a loss of marks
    3. Be in all scheduled classes within 10 Minutes of the start of class, latest.
    4. Participate in the classroom discussions in a way that  demonstrates an understanding of the required reading, and  display ability to engage in meaningful academic discourse about the topics of the day.
  2. Five in-term quizzes (50%) EXAM SOFT ONLY
  3. Term Paper (20%)
  4. Final examination. (30%)  EXAM SOFT ONLY


To reduce the risk of your exam being flagged please observe the following:  

  1. ​​​​​​​Avoid talking out loud 
  2. Avoid looking away from the monitor 
  3. Avoid having distractions (animals, people) in or walking through the room or making noise during the exam 
  4. Check that your webcam is recording your full face at all times. 

Please be aware that 5% of your grade will be deducted if you are flagged for any of the following:  

  1. Use of prohibited resources (e.g. whiteboard/scrap paper) unless explicitly allowed as an accommodation 
  2. Multiple people in the camera's view unless in a shared examination space 
  3. Leaving the room or field of view during the exam 
  4. Wearing headgear that cover the ears (e.g. scarves, headphones) 
    1. If requested in advance, we will allow ear plugs as long as they are shown to the camera prior to starting the exam 
  5. Unnatural hand gestures 
  6. Poor lighting 
    1. You should be facing the light source 
  7. Eyes and face not visible for ENTIRE duration of the exam (masks allowed in shared examination spaces) 
  8. Answer and monitor files NOT uploaded.  
    1. You must ensure your microphone is enabled 
    2. Check that your image is not frozen 

You will be monitored until you click the “continue to upload” button and leave secure mode. Please refrain from any actions that may lead to you being flagged until that time.

You will need to have your exam downloaded BEFORE the start time or you will risk a 0 (zero) grade.

Technical issues may occur, and any exam not downloaded by download end (30 min after exam start time) will not be counted.  

Course Requirements: Course Schedule

NB.  It is your responsibility to read and understand the policies, laws, rules and procedures that could affect your grade for this course, and which has not been specifically outlined in the course syllabus.  These are contained in the St. George’s University Student Manual.

COURSE OUTLINE - PSYC405 Essentials of Psychological Testing  

WEEK 1: Introductory Meeting and general introduction to the course

WEEK 2: Implementation and Attributes of Psychological Testing Topics: 1A and 1B   

WEEK 3: Quiz 1 (Chapter 1) & The origins of Psychological Testing: Topic 2A

WEEK 4: 7/2/22 Independence Day: - Topic 2B: Testing from the early 1900s to the present 

WEEK 5: Quiz 2  (Chapter 2) & Norms and Reliability: Topic 3A – Norm & Test Standardization

WEEK 6: Topic 3B - Concepts of Reliability & Validity and Test Construction

WEEK 7: Quiz  3 Chapter 3) &  Topic  4A Basic concepts of validity and Topic 4B – Test Construction

WEEK 8: Midterm Week  - No Examination

WEEK 9: Intelligence and Achievement: Theories and Tests - Topics 5A and 5B

WEEK 10: Quiz 4  (Chapter 5) - Ability Testing: Group Tests Topic 6A

WEEK 11: Topic 6A continues - Group Tests and Ability Related Concepts 

WEEK 12: Quiz 5  (Chapter 5) – Topic 7 -Assessing Special Population: Infant, Preschool and Persons with Disabilities 

                            Presentation of Project to begin and continue from selected chapters.

WEEK 13: Presentation of Project Starts and Continues 

WEEK 14:  April 18 – Holy Monday:  Presentation of Project Continues April 20

WEEK 15: Presentation and examination review.

WEEK 16: May 2 – Labor Day - Final Examination  - Two randomly selected chapters of those yet to be tested  

  • Holiday – Independence Day           February 7
  • Midterm week     March 7-11
  • Holiday – Good Friday      April 15
  • Holiday – Holy Monday April 18
  • Holiday – Labor Day         May 1 / Sunday
  • Holiday – Labor Day         May 2 /Monday 

All presentations must be submitted to 48 hours before the day of presentation or earlier.

Otherwise, you would lose your place and thus your scores for that PART OF the category.  ALL WRITE-


N. B. An authenticated non-compliance with team work shall be penalized with no marks.

All given Assignments must be submitted electronically ( by April 20, 2022.  Late submission of assignments, as stated above, will attract a hefty penalty.

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Plagiarism Policy

Academic Integrity

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Plagiarism is regarded as a cardinal offense in academia because it constitutes theft of the work of someone else, which is then purported as the original work of the plagiarist. Plagiarism draws into disrepute the credibility of the Institution, its faculty, and students; therefore, it is not tolerated” (p. 48).

Plagiarism also includes the unintentional copying or false accreditation of work, so double check your assignments BEFORE you hand them in.

Be sure to do good, honest work, credit your sources and reference accordingly and adhere to the University’s Honor Code. Plagiarism and cheating will be dealt with very seriously following the university’s policies on Plagiarism as outlined in the Student Manual.

Your work may be subject to submission to plagiarism detection software, submission to this system means that your work automatically becomes part of that database and can be compared with the work of your classmates.

Attendance Requirement

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Students are expected to attend all classes and or clinical rotations for which they have registered. Although attendance may not be recorded at every academic activity, attendance may be taken randomly. Students’ absence may adversely affect their academic status as specified in the grading policy. If absence from individual classes, examinations, and activities, or from the University itself is anticipated, or occurs spontaneously due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, proper notification procedures must be followed. A particular course may define additional policies regarding specific attendance or participation” (p. 9).

Examination Attendance

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

All matriculated students are expected to attend all assigned academic activities for each course currently registered. Medical excuses will be based on self-reporting by students. Students who feel they are too sick to take an examination or other required activity on a specific day must submit the online SAS medical excuse, which is available on Carenage. Students are only allowed two such excuses a year. Upon consultation with the Director of University Health Service, the third excuse will result in a mandatory medical leave of absence. The policies regarding make-up examinations are at the option of the Course Director” (p.46).

For additional specific examination policies and procedures, refer to the St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020), pages 31 through 37.

Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services Policy

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

A student with a disability or disabling condition that affects one or more major life activities, who would like to request an accommodation, must submit a completed application form and supporting documentation to the Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services (SAAS) located in the Dean of Students Office. It is highly recommended that students applying for accommodations do so at least one month before classes begin to allow for a more efficient and timely consideration of the request. If a fully completed application is not submitted in a timely fashion, an eligibility determination may not be made, and accommodations, where applicable, may not be granted prior to the commencement of classes and/or examinations” (p. 8).


It is the responsibility of the student to read and understand the policies, laws, rules and procedures that while they could affect your grade for a course, have not been specifically outlined in the course syllabus. These are contained in the St. George’s University Student Manual.