This assignment allows you an opportunity to examine and critically analyze an assessment tool in depth

This assignment will challenge you to use the knowledge and theory you have acquired in a practical way. Identify one of the assessment tools from the list provided that you would like to examine. You may choose an alternative assessment tool that you have access to, but you must acquire tutor approval first. If you are using a tool from the list you will need to order the assessment tool from the AU library. The library will send you a package containing the test manual and a copy of the assessment tool. You will need to examine the manual in detail to successfully complete this assignment. The manual will offer the information about the assessment tool that you will need to address in your paper.

After you have chosen the test/assessment tool you will critically analyze, you will need to examine it in detail, and you will also need to do some reading about the test in other sources. The best sources to examine are primary sources (original studies and/or articles published in professional journals and written by authors with recognized credentials). Textbooks can also offer solid research information, but may not allow the kind of detail you need to critically analyze the development process used to create the test with supportive correlation data. It is important that you look for possible bias or heavily opinionated comments in the sources you examine.

Preparation and Organization

This assignment should include the three major components of a paper: introduction, body, and conclusion. Within the body of the paper you will need to include the sections identified in the Marking Criteria to follow. The paper should flow from one component to the next. You will want to prepare an outline as you are preparing the paper’s content. Your paper should follow proper APA style (please see The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed.), be double-spaced, and use 12-point font size. Your paper should be approximately 8 to 10 pages long.


You will be submitting your assignment to the Assignment Drop Box, which is located on your course web page. It is important to save a copy of your paper for your own files.

Intellectual Integrity

It is important that all students enrolled in courses with Athabasca University adhere to the principles of intellectual integrity. Plagiarism is strictly forbidden. Be certain to acknowledge and properly identify any material directly quoted or paraphrased from another source in accordance with APA style. Failure to do so will be considered academic misconduct and will be penalized in the form of rejection of submitted work and/or expulsion from the examination, the course, or the program, depending on the nature of the infraction. For more information on this, you may request a brochure about intellectual honesty by phoning: 1-800-788-9041 (ext. 6286) or by email: This information is also available on the Athabasca University web page.

Grading Criteria

The first assignment will be assessed on the following criteria. Your paper should begin with a title page and end with a reference list. The paper should follow APA format for the title page, body, headings, in-text citations, and reference list.

Section Grading Criteria Total
Introduction Introduction should be concise and to the point. It should have
several statements introducing the topic in an interesting but concise way
a clear statement of the rationale for the paper
a description of the purpose of the paper
an outline of the structure of the paper (what you are going to discuss)
Body: Test Development and Technical Information (Standardization, Validity, Reliability, Norms) This should include a detailed and thorough examination of test development, standardization, normative procedures, test reliability, and validity. This includes evaluation of technical data based on information you have gathered from the course content. /50
Body: Critical Analysis (Evaluation of strengths and limitations of test, how these would influence decision making around results, and discussion of possible testing issues such as who this test would be appropriate for) This should be an accurate evaluation of the strengths and limitations of the test and how these would influence decisions that might be made around test results. Testing issues that relate to the test should be thoroughly discussed. One or more references from the manual should be included in the critical analysis. /20
Conclusion(s) Present a clear, logical summary and statement of your conclusions. /10
Writing Style and Skills Use excellent organization, grammar, spelling, and punctuation, and consistent use of APA (6th ed.) style in title page, body of the report, in-text citations, and reference list. The title page should include a title appropriate for a scientific paper, and should identify the student name and ID#, course, and instructor. A well-organized report will use headings and clear, logical transitions to shift from one section to the next. Check APA format for the format of running heads and headings.

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