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

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

Fourth Edition

September 2022 | 360 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
With its signature, conversational writing style and straightforward presentation, the Fourth Edition of Neil J. Salkind's bestselling Tests & Measurement for People Who (Think They) Hate Tests & Measurement guides readers through an overview of the categories of tests, the design of tests, the use of tests, and some of the basic social, political, and legal issues that the process of testing involves. 

New co-author Bruce B. Frey has streamlined the chapter organization for ease of use; added more content on validity and reliability throughout; more closely connected standardized tests to classroom instruction by adding more on classroom assessment; and added a chapter on surveys and scale development. 

An Instructor Resource Site at includes a test bank, PowerPoint slides, and tables and figures from the book. The open-access Student Study Site offers flashcards that strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts.

1. Why Measurement? An Introduction
2. Levels of Measurement and Their Importance: One Potato, Two Potatoes
3. Reliability and Its Importance: Getting it Right Every Time
4. Validity and Its Importance: The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth
5. Percentages, Percentiles and Probabilities: Are You Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw?
6. Item Response Theory: The “New” Kid on the Block
7. Achievement Tests: Is Life a Multiple-Choice Test?
8. Aptitude Tests: What’s in Store for Me?
9. Intelligence Tests: Am I Smarter Than My Smart Phone?
10. Personality and Neuropsychology Tests: It’s Not You, It’s Me
11. Career Choices: Have We Got a Job For You!
12. Picking the Right Answer: Choose Your Own Destiny
13. Building the Right Answer: Construction Work Ahead
14. Surveys and Scale Development: What Are They Thinking?
15. Truth and Justice for All: Test Bias and Universal Design
16. Laws, Ethics and Standards: The Professional Practice of Tests and Measurement


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The online resources for your text are available via the password-protected Instructor Resource Site, which offers access to all text-specific resources, including a test bank and editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides.

I like to adopt this textbook

Dr Yukiko Washio
Psychology Dept, Temple University
June 29, 2023

Few texts related to assessment. Might be a little advanced for our undergrads, but so far it's working well.

Dr Shelley Hart
Child Development Prog, California State Univ-Chico
February 21, 2023
Key features
New co-author Bruce B. Frey has made numerous updates and revisions to this new fourth edition, including:
  • New streamlined chapter organization for ease of use;
  • An entirely new chapter on surveys and scale development;
  • Heavily revised and expanded chapters on performance-based assessment in the classroom; test bias and other issues of equity; and multiple choice questions in classroom assessment;
  • Key statistical concepts and methods are now featured in a basic statistics chapter as well as throughout the text;
  • A new feature on validity and reliability throughout the book;
  • A comparison of Item Response Theory (IRT) to Classical Test Theory (CTT); and
  • New examples, updated information, and more relevant references.
  • Learning Objectives at the start of each chapter help students focus;
  • End-of-Chapter summaries concisely highlight the main ideas and key elements for readers;
  • Chapter-ending exercises allow readers to practice and assess their understanding of the material;
  • Chapter-ending “Want to Know More?” sections feature additional readings, interesting websites, and “Real World” testing examples, allowing students to explore how chapter lessons can be expanded and applied in the real world;
  • Two helpful appendices feature a giant list of popular commercially-produced tests and assessments and the answers to all the end-of-chapter questions and exercises; and
  • A glossary that highlights and defines key terms rounds out the book’s pedagogy.

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