PSY204 Psychological Testing (8)


This subject examines both theoretical and practical issues in psychological testing. This subject will address basic psychometric issues in the field of testing, such as test construction, test reliability and test validity. Students will gain familiarity with a range of psychological tests and experience in test evaluation, administration and scoring.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
DistanceBathurst Campus
Session 2
InternalBathurst Campus
InternalPort Macquarie
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Psychology

Assumed Knowledge

PSY101 and PSY102

Enrolment restrictions

Not available to students who have previously completed PSY302 Psychological Testing

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of test theory and test construction;
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of test reliability and validity;
- be able to evaluate test reliability and validity;
- be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of psychological tests and their uses;
- be able to apply knowledge of psychometric theory to evaluate a test; and
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of the professional standards and ethical issues that apply to psychological testing.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • - Nature and uses of psychological tests
  • - Criticisms and misuses of tests
  • - Social and ethical considerations
  • - Norms and the interpretations of test scores
  • - Reliability
  • - Validity
  • - Item analysis and test construction
  • - General nature and uses of intelligence tests
  • - The IQ debate
  • - Achievement tests
  • - Testing in multicultural settings
  • - Occupational testing
  • - Clinical testing
  • - Personality tests


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.