2.2.8.a. Test-taking procedure: responsibility

2.2.8.a. Test-taking procedure: responsibility

When the psychologist who is conducting an assessment makes use of psychodiagnostic instruments, they must ensure that these are administered correctly. However, if different professionals led by the psychologist are involved in the assessment, the psychologist is also responsible for a clear division of labour, which is included in the file. In this division of labour, it is clear in any case who is responsible for:

  • the phrasing of the assessment question and the examination procedure that is followed,
  • the various administrations of the test,
  • the scoring and the scoring program,
  • the interpretation,
  • reporting to the principal and the follow-up discussion(s).

The psychologist who performs the assessment is in charge of, and is professionally responsible for, the entire administration of the test, and for scoring, interpreting, and reporting on it. Even when others under the authority and direct supervision of the psychologist administer elements of this procedure, the psychologist remains responsible for the quality of this work (see Article 32, “Responsibility for the quality of employees”). This means, for example, that the psychologist also guarantees the quality of the work done by test assistants. Giving proper instructions, and facilitating the appropriate administration of the test, are important here – see BOX 9.

Responsibility for the proper administration of psychodiagnostic instruments also applies even if whoever is giving the test opts to do so with the help of a computer. The psychologist ensures that the psychodiagnostic instruments and the software are aligned with the terms of the assessment question and that these are transparent to them. If automated reporting is used, the psychologist must ascertain how the calculation of test scores has taken place (see 2.3.1, “Parts of the psychological report”).

When it comes to the administration of the test, the set-up of the test situation must meet the following conditions:

  1. The testing is set up by the psychologist or under their responsibility.
  2. The testing procedure referred to by the author, as stated in the manual, is adhered to – as regards, for example, the way it is administered and the circumstances involved, the instructions given to the test taker, the sequence in which the testing is done, the completeness of the testing, the use of a computer, the insertion of interviews and practice exercises, and any other requirements. A number of these aspects are explained in more detail below.