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.
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.
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Type of Material:
This is a collection of self-diagnostic quizzes and tests.
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.
Evaluation and Observation
The variety of measures is impressive; the authors' emphasis on the psychometric properties of the measures is also good.
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
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.
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
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.
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 material.