What are the advantages of psychological tests?

There are many advantages of psychological tests, which are standardized. They are practical and easy to administer. Comparing results among a large group of students is easier. Disadvantages also exist, including the fact that standardized test items do not assess higher-level thinking skills and test scores are impacted by non-academic factors such as stress and fatigue.

Psychological testing allows educators to compare scores to students within the same school and across schools. This information provides data on not only the individual student’s abilities but also on the school as a whole. Areas of school-wide weaknesses and strengths are more easily identifiable.

Psychological testing provides a longitudinal report of student progress. Over time, educators are able to see a trend of growth or decline and rapidly respond to the student’s educational needs.

Standardized testing results are quantifiable. By quantifying students’ achievements, educators can gauge proficiency levels and identify students in need of remediation or advancement.

Standardized tests are scored using computer, which frees up time for the educator.

Since scoring is completed by computer, it is objective and not subject to educator bias or emotions.

Standardized testing allows educators to compare scores to students within the same school and across schools. This information provides data on not only the individual student’s abilities but also on the school as a whole. Areas of school-wide weaknesses and strengths are more easily identifiable.

Standardized testing provides a longitudinal report of student progress. Over time, educators are able to see a trend of growth or decline and rapidly respond to the student’s educational needs.

Since test results are usually expressed in percentiles or standard scores, they are interpreted in the same way by all users. Thus they have the same meaning and significance for all.

Counselor may make use of test results for predicting future performance. Tests can provide an improved basis for prediction regarding the likelihood of success in those activities in which prospective performance can be measured.

Guidance workers may use tests to help students to plan their educational and vocational future.

Psychological tests can be used to diagnose problems of students. For instance, problems of learning disabilities, attention disorders, academic deficiency, social maladjustment, growth and development stages may be identified and remedial measures can be charted out.

Finally Counselors can use tests to help them evaluate the outcomes of their guidance programmes and counseling.

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