Teacher journal archive (2008-2011)

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Psychometric testing : recruitment, retention and professional development


M Dean


Most teachers in Britain are familiar with psychometric testing, since every school and around 70 per cent of companies with more than 50 employees use such tests. Psychometric tests have been around, in various forms, for more than 100 years, to assess a candidate's ability or personality with a standardised method. The key requirements are that a test is reliable, valid, standardised and free from bias. To ensure that, test items are trialled and then analysed statistically. There are three main types of psychometric test: aptitude, personality and interest. These psychometric tests provide clear benefits for schools in their HR process for recruitment and professional development. Psychometric tests provide objective data, and research shows a significant increase in successful outcome of selection in terms of performance and retention when appropriate tests are used together with behavioural interviewing and referee checks. [Author abstract, ed]

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