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APAs Task Force on Psychological Testing on the Internet

 Marianne Ernesto
APA
 

The first meeting of APAs Task Force on Psychological Testing on the Internet took place December 89, 2001 in Washington DC. This task force was formed in response to increasing interest by APA members in the proliferation of psychological assessment services offered via the Internet.

The seven-member task force is a joint effort sponsored by APAs Science and Practice Directorates and is cochaired by Fritz Drasgow, University of Illinois, and Jack Naglieri, George Mason University. Members were selected from nominations solicited broadly across APA constituencies. They represent expertise in a broad range of testing areas including educational, school, employment, forensic, career-vocational, clinical, and neuropsychological.

The task forces charge (shown below) was drafted by members of the Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment (CPTA) and approved by APAs Board of Scientific Affairs and Board of Professional Affairs:

The Task Force on Internet Testing will be formed to address broad issues concerning Internet testing. The task force will assess the extent and range of testing on the Internet and will review current practices. It will define and outline the issues raised by Internet testing, including test validity, administration, confidentiality of test taker and test results, test taker authenticity, ethical interpretations of test results (e.g., feedback), psychological dynamics of Internet testing (proclivity of being more revealing when taking Internet-based tests), copyright infringement, psychometric equivalence (e.g., comparability of tests results), license issue of the psychologist (e.g., crossing state lines), making interpretations on limited assessment information, and others.

The goal of the task force will be to develop a report containing recommendations for APA input and involvement in issues related to Internet-based psychological testing. Additional information concerning future activities of the task force will appear in upcoming issues of TIP. 

 

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