Psychological testing: History, principles, and applications (7th ed.


esearch showed several different intelligence tests for adults.  Two which I found interesting include the Matrix Matching Test and the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-Third Edition.  The Matrix Matching Test, according to Pluck (2018) this test is faster (about ten minutes long in a power point presentation) and equally effective as other, more complex intelligence tests.  The Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-Third Edition (WAIS-III) takes about an hour and a half to administer according to Smith, McChristian, Smith & Meaux (2009).  They also point out that the WAIS-III is already revered as valid and reliable.  The Matrix Matching Test is very new, and has not yet been recognized as valid or reliable.

One major hurdle related to doing assessments on adults is the reluctance to seek out help which may lead to an assessment.  Some other things which can make the process difficult is the need to accommodate the participant.  This means that one must ensure that the participant can both understand and comprehend the assessment itself.  One must also explain why they are doing the assessment and what it is for.

The Smith et. Al. (2009) article does a good job of fighting for the Reynolds Intellectual Assessment Scales (RIAS).  They point out that this is simply a reboot of the WAIS-III which only takes about 30 minutes instead of up to 90 minutes.  The Pluck (2018) article on the other hand fights for a completely new test being the Matrix Matching Test.  This test is a quick power point presentation utilizing visuospatial and semantic reasoning tasks citing time and ease of administration (Pluck, 2018).  This article doesn’t have a lot of positive to point out about other intelligence tests.

Many might say that group testing is the way to go because it allows for multiple people being assessed at one time.  It does however have its drawbacks.  Mostly because many will not open up in a group setting.  Gregory (2014) explains that this can have two effects, one: invalid scores tend to go unrecognized.  The other is that many are shy and may test below their true ability.  In individual asPluck G. (2018). Preliminary Validation of a Free-to-use brief assessment of adult intelligence for sessments these challenges are addressed, however then only one patient can be assessed at a time.

Labeling and/or mislabeling could have a huge impact on what one views to be their abilities.  Not only how one views their own abilities, but how their abilities are viewed by others.  On a separate note it could cause medications to be administered which are not necessary.  This can also open a person up to negative side effects of the medication.

Gregory, R. J. (2014). Psychological testing: History, principles, and applications (7th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.

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Smith, B. & McChristian, C. & Smith, T., & Meaux, J. (2009). The relationship of the Reynolds Intellectual Assessment Scales and the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-Third Edition. Perceptual and Motor Skills. (109) pps. 30-40.  Doi:10.2466/PMS.109.1.30-40 Retrieved from: (Links to an external site.)

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