SVRI - Tests and Test use in Vocational Evaluation and Assessment

Tests and Test Use in Vocational Evaluation and Assessment


Siefker, J., The Rehabilitation Resource, 1996, 169 pages. $30.00 Item Code TATU

This document is a 1996 revision and update of several earlier publications including Testing and Test Modification in Vocational Evaluation (1986) and Psychological Testing in Vocational Evaluation (1982), both previously published by the Materials Development Center at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. The purpose of this document is to help professionals identify tests which may be useful to them. With hundreds of tests on the market from which to choose for assessing vocational potential, many professionals find it difficult to identify tests which are useful for their purposes. This document describes 71 tests which a sample of vocational evaluation professionals found to be useful in their work.

Part I provides information about testing in the vocational evaluation/assessment environment:

  • Reasons for test use in vocational evaluation and assessment, i.e., cost and time requirements, convenience, and ability to respond to referral questions
  • Problems in test use such as overuse, separating learning from performance, validity, and poor selection of instruments
  • General testing conditions and good testing practices - the physical environment, practice and retesting, behavior observation, and presenting results to the testee
  • How to select tests - reading level, appropriate norms, and a model for test use

Part II provides information on test resources - ways of getting information about tests, i.e., test publishers, reference works that describe and critique tests, and test data banks.

Part III, the final and largest section, describes 71 tests - aptitude, achievement, interest, intelligence, work behavior and attitude, and dexterity/special use. Each description follows the same format: purpose; subtests; levels of use; administration; scoring; description of norms, validity and reliability; intended populations; skills needed by testees; and the test publisher.