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Tests & Measurement for People Who (Think They) Hate Tests & Measurement

Tests & Measurement for People Who (Think They) Hate Tests & Measurement

Second Edition

March 2012 | 424 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Neil J. Salkind guides readers through the fundamentals of tests and measurement, using the conversational writing style and straightforward presentation techniques that have made his book Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics an international bestseller. He provides an overview of the design of tests, the use of tests, and some of the basic social, political, and legal issues that the process of testing involves. The Second Edition includes more opportunities to practice, and end-of-chapter sections that apply the material to everyday concerns regarding the assessment of behaviour.
Part 1. In the Beginning. . .
Chapter 1. Why Measurement? An Introduction
Part II. The Psychology of Psychometrics
Chapter 2. One Potato, Two Potatoes . . . Levels of Measurement and Their Importance
Chapter 3. Getting It Right Every Time: Reliability and Its Importance
Chapter 4. The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth: Validity and Its Importance
Chapter 5. Welcome to Lake Woebegone, Where All the Children Are Above Average, Norms and Percentiles
Part III. The Tao and How of Testing
Chapter 6. Short Answer and Completion Items: Baskin Robbins (C) Has _ Flavors
Chapter 7. Essay Items: Hope You Can Write
Chapter 8. Multiple-Choice Items: Always Pick Answer C and You'll Be Right About 25% of the Time
Chapter 9. Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me a Match: Matching Items
Chapter 10. True-False Tests: T or F? I Passed My First Measurement Test
Chapter 11. Portfolios: Seeing the Big Picture
Chapter 12. So, Tell Me About Your Childhood: Interesting Interviews
Part IV. What to Test and How to Test It
Chapter 13. Achievement Tests: Who Really Discovered America?
Chapter 14: Personality Tests: Type A, Type B, or Type C?
Chapter 15. Aptitude Tests: What's in Store for Me?
Chapter 16. Intelligence Tests: That Rubik's Cube Is Driving Me Nuts
Chapter 17. Career Choices: So You Want to Be a What?
Part V. It's Not Always As You Think: Issues in Tests and Measurement
Chapter 18. Test Bias: Fair for Everyone?
Chapter 19. The Law, Testing, and Ethics: No Child (Should Be) Left Behind and Other Hot Stuff

Adopted as complementary text for educational assessment course.

Dr John Hedgcock
GSTILE, Monterey Institute of International Studies
June 29, 2013

It was an excellent summary

Dr M. Sencer Corlu
Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture, Texas A & M University - College State
September 6, 2012
Key features


  • More than half of the end-of-chapter exercises are new, providing enhanced opportunities for students to practice and assess their understanding of the material.
  • A new Real World feature summarizes the material in the chapter through reference to journal articles, showing how scholarly work in the area of tests and measurement is applied to everyday concerns in the assessment of behavior.
  • New material in Chapter 19, The Law, Testing, and Ethics, covers topical issues that students, teachers, parents, test designers, and others need to consider carefully.
  • This edition includes expanded coverage on the design of specific tests, along with increased coverage of tables of specification and how they are used.


Visit the companion site at for:
Open-access student resources, including eFlashcards, journal articles, and web resources.
Instructor resources, including chapter exercises and activities, PowerPoint slides, and test questions and answers.

Any book is always a work in progress, and this latest edition of Test and Measurements for People Who (Think They) Hate Test and Measurements is no exception. The original edition was published about six years ago and many people have told me how helpful this book is, and others have told me how they would like it to change and why. In revising this book, I am trying to meet the needs of all audiences. Some things remain the same, and some have indeed changed.

Probably the biggest change is that there are now more than 50% new end of chapter exercises and in some chapters even more. Kristen Teasdale, PhD was remarkably helpful in creating and checking these. Along with more questions, there are also new online references that the reader can use as a starting point to learn more about the topics discussed in the chapter.

And, at the end of each chapter, you'll find a "Real World" section that summarizes material about the chapter you just read through reviews of existing journal articles, sort of "ripped from the headlines", but not quite. These show the reader how scholarly work in the area of tests and measurements applied to everyday concerns that we all have regarding the assessment of behavior.

There's also a good deal of new material in chapter 20 that easily could have formed a chapter of its own, but I felt that it fit nicely with the last chapter which presents issues that all parties in the test and measurements world – students, teachers, parents, test designers, and others – need to consider as they do their daily chores. I think you will find the discussion informative, interesting and even provocative.

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