Running head: TEST EVALUATION 1

Please Note: This is a sample paper meant to illustrate the general expectations and

parameters of the assignment. However, it is not meant to be an example of a perfect Test

Evaluation paper, as there are spelling and grammatical issues, as well as a lack of

complete information on all psychometric properties for the test described. Use this

document as a guide, but continue to follow the specific guidelines for content and

expectatons outlined in the Test Evaluation Paper Instructions document.

Evaluation of the Name of Test Here

Your Name



Evaluation of the Personality Assessment Inventory—Adolescent

The Personality Assessment Inventory- Adolescent (PAI-A) is a self report personality

questionnaire for clinical assessment of adolescents ranging in age from 12 to 18 years old. Kade

(2010) identifies this assessment as an objective test for personality, designed to give insight on

vital client variables in professional settings. The manual for the test indicates that there are 264

items that take participants 30-45 minutes to complete, and examiners 10-15 minutes to score.

Each item is answered on a 4-point likert-like scale ranging from false/not at all true, to true/very

true (Sandoval, 2010). The option of having computer-based administration, scoring, and

interpretive report software is available. Analysis of the test instructions and items shows

reading comprehension at a fifth grade level is required for test completion.

Norms for scores on the PAI-A were based in 707 participants. The sample was not

random, because data were collected on 1,032 participants in matching demographics. Norms are

not broken down by age, ethnicity, or gender because observed group differences were typically

within the range of measurement error and account for less than 5% of the variance in scores

(Kade, 2010).

There was an average test-retest reliability coefficient of .78 for the scales after a mean of

18 days. Sandoval (2010) explains that six validity studies were completed with samples ranging

from 77 to 1,160 and support the assessments criterion related validity. Sandoval (2010) also

asserts that the PAI-A gives a much better alternative to the growing number of other self report

measures available for this age group in clinical decision making.

Justification for Choosing the Personality Assessment Inventory—Adolescent

I selected the current test because I thought it would be very helpful for my brother who

was diagnosed with both Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity


Disorder at age 9. It will be helpful to him when he is older and starts venturing into more

professional settings. Specifically, it would be very beneficial to be knowledgeable about the

different aspects of his personality when sending him to college or into the work place so that he

may be as effective and productive as possible. Knowing what affect his behavioral disorders

have on his personality will enable our family to equip him with the tools necessary to succeed

and achieve to his fullest potential.

From the perspective of a Christian professional who utilizes psychological tests, this test

is a reliable and validy way to gain information and to make clinical decisions to help people

who may be struggling with emotional and/or behavioral disorders. In Matthew 25:35-40 (New

International Version) Jesus says:

35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me

something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you

clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit

me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and

feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger

and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in

prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did

for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

The PAI-A is a test that allows Christian professionals to accurately and consistently

identify hurting people in order to offer them assistance. In this way we will fulfill Jesus’

expectations for His followers to take care others just as if we were taking care of Him.



Kade, H. D. (2010). Test review of the Personality Assessment Inventory-Adolescent. In R. A.

Spies, J. F. Carlson, & K. F. Geisinger (Eds.), The eighteenth mental measurement

yearbook. Retrieved from the Buros University Mental Measurement Yearbook online


Sandoval, J. (2010). Test review of the Personality Assessment Inventory-Adolescent. In R. A.

Spies, J. F. Carlson, & K. F. Geisinger (Eds.), The eighteenth mental measurement

yearbook. Retrieved from the Buros University Mental Measurement Yearbook online


Commented [K1]: For your Test Evaluation Paper, you will have AT LEAST two (2) references on your References Page. Specifically, you will provide the reference information for the 2 review articles that you obtained from the MMY in order to evaluate the test that you chose. If you used and cited information from the class textbook when writing your paper, please be sure to incude its reference information on the References page Be sure that you cite all of the sources that you reference and that you reference all of the sources that you cite!

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