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Essentials of Testing and Assessment, International Edition 2e

ISBN-13: 9781439037935 / ISBN-10: 1439037930

Edward S. Neukrug, Old Dominion University
R. Charles Fawcett, University of Virginia
Published by Cengage Learning, ©2010
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Comprehensive and easy to read, Neukrug and Fawcett's ESSENTIALS OF TESTING AND ASSESSMENT: A PRACTICAL GUIDE, International Edition introduces learners to the concepts and applications of assessment and testing. Case vignettes, samples of real tests, and additional activities and exercises increase understanding and reduce student anxiety.


  • Engage students with thought-provoking cases, vignettes, and real-life exercises, providing opportunities for hands-on practice.
  • Guide students step-by-step through the increasingly complex process of gathering information about clients and suggest specific ways of writing effective test reports.
  • Text illustrations, figures, and examples of test reports and interview outlines help students apply the concepts presented in the chapters.
  • Down-to-earth, easy-to-understand writing clearly explains the use of test statistics and how to apply them to the assessment process.
  • Neukrug and Fawcett devote individual chapters to commonly used assessment techniques in educational ability, intelligence testing, career and occupational assessment and clinical assessment with each chapter highlighting the role of the helper in assessment procedures and stressing the importance of sensitivity when assessing any person.

1. History of Testing and Assessment.
2. Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Assessment.
3. Test Worthiness: Validity, Reliability, Practicality and Cross-Cultural Fairness.
4. Statistical Concepts: Making Meaning out of Raw Scores.
5. Statistical Concepts: Creating New Scores to Interpret Test Data.
6. Assessment of Educational Ability: Survey Battery, Diagnostic, Readiness and Cognitive Ability Tests.
7. Intellectual and Cognitive Functioning: Intelligence Testing and Neuropsychological Assessment.
8. Career and Occupational Assessment: Interest Inventories, Multiple Aptitude and Special Aptitude Tests.
9. Clinical Assessment: Objective and Projective Personality Tests.
10. Informal Assessment: Observation, Rating Scales, Classification Methods, Environmental Assessment, Records and Personal Documents and Performance-Based Assessment.
11. Diagnosis in the Assessment Process
12. The Assessment Report Process: The Interview, Assessment Techniques, Environmental Assessment, and the Report.
  • Updated information in this edition includes discussion of neuropsychological assessment in Chapter 7 (Intellectual and Cognitive Functioning: Intelligence and Neuropsychological Assessment); a section on Forensic Evaluation in appears in the section of Chapter 2 that discusses professional issues; and updated coverage of the ACA and APA Ethics Codes wherever applicable.
  • Neukrug and Fawcett have added a new section on Item Response Theory (IRT), revised case examples and applications, and more coverage on computer usage.
  • This edition offers new coverage of National Assessment of Educational Progress (Chapter 6) and Performance Assessment (Chapter 10) along with updated coverage of 16 PF, NEO PI-R and NEO-FFI, the PAI, and the SASSI.
  • The text''s examination of Standard Error of the Estimate, False Positives and False Negatives, and Non-Verbal Intelligence Testing has also been updated.
Edward S. Neukrug
Edward S. Neukrug received his doctorate in counselor education from the University of Cincinnati and is currently Professor of Counseling and Human Services in the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling at Old Dominion University. In addition to teaching, Dr. Neukrug has worked as a crisis counselor, an outpatient therapist, an associate school psychologist, a school counselor, and a private practice psychologist and licensed professional counselor. He has published a number of other texts, including: THE WORLD OF THE COUNSELOR: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE COUNSELING PROFESSION; EXPERIENCING THE WORLD OF THE COUNSELOR: A WORKBOOK FOR COUNSELOR EDUCATORS AND STUDENTS; SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES FOR HUMAN SERVICE PROFESSIONALS: COUNSELING ENVIRONMENT, HELPING SKILLS, TREATMENT ISSUES; and SKILLS AND TOOLS FOR TODAY'S COUNSELORS AND PSYCHOTHERAPISTS: FROM NATURAL HELPING TO PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING (with Alan M. Schwitzer).

R. Charles Fawcett
Charles Fawcett is a doctoral student at the University of Virginia. He is formerly a Faculty Lecturer at Old Dominion University where he also received his M.S. Ed. in Counseling. His therapy experience includes working with individuals, couples, and families at an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) as well as leading substance abuse groups. Charles previously served 10 years as a Naval Flight Officer and Bombardier/Navigator in the A-6 Intruder.