Psychometrics has been very useful in the educational field. It has been the guide of teachers and school administrators in determining mental capacity, achievement level emotional and vocational aptitude and other psychological aspects. Results of psychometric testing have been used as basis of educational actions and strategies. Psychometrics has also been used in the professional field. Recruiters and managers utilize psychometric tools to determine the aptitude of applicants for entrance in their company.
Critics of psychometrics say that there are many unobservable phenomena that are almost impossible to measure. There are also doubts on the standard and the various instruments being used in certain tests. Psychometrics is still an evolving science just like any other sciences. Standard instruments for testing different psychological aspects will always be subjected to innovations. The reliability and validity of any instrument can always be put in question. These considerations should put you in a broader perspective regarding psychometrics.
Keep in mind that an instrument is applied to measure something in you for a certain purpose. It is good to know what the test is intended for. Very often, the examiner will tell you why you are given such a test. You must relax and try to give the best answer you can. You must be also aware of the time limit if it is given. But even if there is no time limit, don’t make the examiner wait too long before you submit your work.
Always be prepared for a test if you are applying for a job or seeking entrance to an academy. Review the most important things regarding your field or the basics for such type of undertaking. It pays to be familiar with certain types of tests. Attend a review class if you think you need one. A review class is necessary if the test will be a comprehensive one. Or you may simply buy a book on the field you expect the test will be about. Being prepared for the test makes you confident.
When applying for a job, it is an advantage to be able to have contact with someone already in that industry. He could give you some useful hints on the type of test you will encounter. If you are new to that school or level, try your best to approach someone who might be able to give you some tips.
Stick to the instructions given by the examiner. If you want to be clarified about certain rules, ask the examiner before the test begins. It would be an annoyance if you ask about it when you are already in the middle of the test. Observe the usual strategies for taking the test like answering first the easy items before going to the more difficult ones and the outcome because anyway, you have done your best.
Psychometrics uses different types of instruments and it has been used for quite a long time now. Issues like giving the wrong diagnosis create some sort of controversy in the field and test administrators should exert effort in giving the correct one to a specific set of examinees. Psychometrics has been used for quite a long time now. This useful instrument should not cause apprehensions.