Assessment Testing


For this assignment, you are to write a paper analyzing one test in each of the eight major assessment categories listed below.

You should utilize at least five sources from additional professional literature, relevant textbooks, and the Mental Measurements Yearbook for relevant information on these testing instruments. Your paper should be approximately 10 pages long (approximately 1 page per test).

Required Components:

Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print can be found in the “M” section on the Find Articles and More page of the Argosy University online library. For each test using the Mental Measurements Yearbook, explain the following seven topics:

  • Test purpose
  • Uses, particularly in a forensic setting
  • Test development and history (any revisions made)
  • Normative information and test statistics
  • Applicable populations
  • Validity and reliability
  • Malingering or deception

When your paper is complete, you will have a discussion on a total of eight tests (one from each of the categories mentioned below). Be sure to choose just one test from each category and do not discuss more than eight tests. Also, do not include any tests that are not listed below.

Assessment Categories and Tests:

  • Mental Status Exam

Appearance, Motor, Behavior, Sensorium, Thought Process, Thought Content, Communication, Speech, Perception, Mood, Affect, Cognition/Orientation, Response to Proverbs, Estimate of Intelligence, Memory, and Insight

  • Substance Abuse
    • Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (SASSI)
    • CAGE Questionnaire
  • IQ/Cognitive Functioning
    • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, 4th ed. (WAIS–IV)
    • Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, 4th ed. (WISC-IV)
    • Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test, 2nd ed. (KBIT-2)
    • California Verbal Learning Test, 2nd ed. (CVLT-II)
    • Reynolds Intellectual Assessment Scales (RIAS)
  • Projective Personality
    • Rorschach Inkblot
    • Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)
  • Objective Personality
    • Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI)
    • Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III (MCMI-III)
    • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI)
  • Competency to Stand Trial
    • MacArthur Competence Assessment Tool-Criminal Adjudication (MacCAT-CA)
    • Georgia Court Competency Test (GCCT)
    • Competency Assessment Instrument (CAI)
  • Risk Assessment
    • Violent Risk Appraisal Guide (VRAG)
    • Sex Offender Risk Appraisal Guide (SORAG)
    • Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R)
  • Insanity/Criminal Responsibility
    • Rogers Criminal Responsibility Assessment Scales (RCRAS)