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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I was surprised to see this book ranked so poorly and then read the predominantly negative reviews of this book. As a psychology instructor and a PhD student I've found this book to be invaluable. It is an excellent introduction to the topic and although I have over a dozen reference tools on psychological assessment I frequently refer to this one when I need a concise definition or brief discussion of a topic. I recommend to my students who are headed to grad school to hang on to this text!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Unfortunately, I found the book a necessary evil. It was a required text for my Master's program tests and measurements course, otherwise, I would have never bought and read it. It does cover a lot of material, and I did receive a good understanding of what psychological testing and assessment is all about. But the style!.. It sometimes took me 4-5 attempts to read a passage and make sense out of it. Some chapters (like a Statistical Refresher) felt like the authors made their very best to make sure the readers won't understand a word. With a few exceptions of entertaining examples, the book is boring and is written in a very difficult language.

Another point - for the kind of price I expected the illustrations to be in color. Well, all illustrations (good thing, there are many of them, at least) are black & white with occasional pink.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This textbook covers a lot of material, but in an unsystematic way: the definitions are not worded in a predictable and consistent manner, the more important issues are not given priority over the less important ones, but everything is simply thrown together into an indigestible and boring glob.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a textbook- teaching you about tests It is a lot of information but a good read. I'm an undergraduate and with a hectic schedule and the reading goes by fairly easily. I take my book with me and actually enjoy it. I especially like the crossword puzzles in the review book. Would recommend to anyone who wants to really understand testing in our culture today.

*Caution- the book goes into statistics a little, so you need to have already completed a course in stats to understand some of the items.
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on October 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This must have been one of the worst textbooks i have read so far.

The biggest weakness is that there is little structure within the chapters.
The authors jump from one topic to the next and introduce new concepts where they are totally unnecessary and out of context. This makes the book hard to read and understand.
Example: The authors talk shortly about the definition of the "biopsychosocial" approach and then introduce studies and their findings relating to new concepts such as "fatalism", "self-efficacy" or "social-support".
Likewise they proceed throughout the book they start at point A and arrive at point XYZ.

Another point I dont like are the really artificial and forced transitions from one topic to another.
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on December 17, 2012
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
It's a good book with a lot of information, but I had to buy it for a class and for me personally it wasn't very interesting. If this is your field and you enjoy learning about psych testing its a great book to read. Funny thing is I liked the class, but the prof used a different approach to teaching the material.
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on November 9, 2012
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I bought this for my measurement class. Except for one chapter (highlighter marks), it's almost new. The book itself is good. It's one of those classical measurement textbooks often assigned by professors.
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on December 26, 2012
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
This was a great buy and alternative to buying the books from the college. Book was in great condition and served it's purpose.
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Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
Ordered a new edition and received a veryold 3rd edition. Cannot use for my class. Waste of my money unfortunately.
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on February 10, 2013
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
I was ripped off, this book was missing two chapters 14-15. It is very dry and technical to read ugh!
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