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Peer Review




Overall Numeric Rating:

3.5 stars
Content Quality: 3.8 stars
Effectiveness: 3.5 stars
Ease of Use: 3.7 stars
Reviewed: Nov 12, 2004 by Psychology
Overview: This is a commercial site containing a variety of tests and measures for
self-assessment. It describes itself as the "world's largest testing center" and
offers "psychological tests","just for fun tests", "mind games" and "quizzes".
Immediate feedback of results is available, although some are provided at a cost
to the test taker. The site's test bank includes personality, IQ, relationship,
career, and health assessments.
Type of Material: This is a collection of self-diagnostic quizzes and tests.
Recommended Uses: This site couls be used to to supplement course content (e.g., in
personality assessment, psychological adjustment, or career counseling).
Materials could be used in class, in a lab setting, and as homework. Students
could be directed to complete individual tests and draw conclusions
regarding the validity of results. Upper level students could examine the
construction of items and psychometric properties of the activities. Comparing
results of these "pop" assessments with standarized instruments could provide
practice in detecting strengths and weaknesses in evaluation.

Technical Requirements: None.
Identify Major Learning Goals: The site allows visitors to complete measures and received detailed
self-diagnostic feedback. The objective of the site is to increase
self-awareness through self-report exercises.

Target Student Population: Although geared toward the general public, the site is appropriate for
undergraduate and graduate students in adjustment, careers, personality,
clinical, and tests and measurements courses. It might also be useful for
students in introductory psychology courses.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 3.8 stars
Strengths: The variety of measures is impressive; the authors' emphasis on the psychometric
properties of the measures is also good.
Concerns: Many of the measures appear to be the site authors' own versions of popular and
commonly-used measures. The reader who has questions about the psychometric
properties of such measures can only obtain it by paying a fee. As with any
"self-help" information, there is a risk in material being
misinterpreted or distorted without professional guidance. There is just enough
psychological jargon used that unsuspecting consumers may give more credibility
than is warranted.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3.5 stars
Strengths: The feature allowing instructors to set up (for a fee) their own site to have
their students take particular measures is an attractive feature. Descriptions
of the measures and feedback sections are well-written. As a tool for critical
thinking, this site could be used for students to examine details of reliability
and validity from a psychometric viewpoint. It is a "non-threatening" site, so
students could explore many areas of interest with no concerns about privacy.
Concerns: Many of the better measures appear to be fee-based which would limit student and
faculty use.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 3.7 stars
Strengths: The tests are formatted well, easy to complete, and the results are fairly
simple to interpret. The site is easy to navigate. Users can create profiles
that record all tests taken.
Concerns: Unless one joins and/or pays for credits, access to some tests and most results
is restricted. Naive users could be misled by the "scientific" presentation of

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