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The Society’s Psychological Testing Centre (PTC) provides information and services relating to standards in tests and testing for test takers, test users, test developers and members of the public. Its work is directed by the Committee on Test Standards.
There are a number of publications for test users, which set out the principles of good practice in the use of tests and questionnaires. For a wide range of general guides to good practice, covering all forms of testing please go to the Guidelines and Information section of the website.
Psychological tests should only be used by people who are qualified and are registered with test publishers to use them. Many, but not all chartered psychologists have expertise in using tests.In addition other professionals are often trained to use tests for particular purposes. The PTC holds a Register of Qualifications in Test Use. To find out the level at which a test user is qualified, please contact the PTC at firstname.lastname@example.org. or on 0116 252 9530.
Most psychological testing does not require preparation. You should be provided with information about the assessment process when it is arranged.
A Test Taker's Guide is available for people who wish to understand what the process will be. It provides general information about preparing for a test, information for people with disabilities, what happens during and after a test session and what psychological tests measure. Most good bookshops will have a range of books with information about employment tests and example tests for practice.
What action can be taken against someone who falsely claims to hold a British Psychological Society qualification in educational or occupational testing?
A complaint should be made in writing in the first instance to the PTC Manager.
Where can I buy a test?
Most tests are sold directly by specialist test publishers and distributors and are restricted to people with appropriate training and qualifications. For further information and contact details see the Directory of Test Publishers
Most large organisations use tests of some description in both recruitment and development. Many will use tests at all levels of recruitment. In particular, if you are a graduate or manager applying for a job you can expect to undergo some form of psychometric assessment over the course of your career. Many smaller companies will use psychometric tests only for more senior appointments where making the wrong selection decision can have particularly significant consequences for the organisation.
Adults with dyslexia typically have difficulties with reading.They may be slow readers or find it tiring to read for long periods. They may also have difficulties in other areas including writing and spelling, and some aspects of memory and organisation. However they are no less intelligent than other people and there is some evidence that people with dyslexia may have enhanced skills in other areas such as processing visual information.
It is your right under the Disability Discrimination Act to receive appropriate adjustments to allow your skills to be assessed fairly.
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