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Handout 2 for the

Test Battery Project

This handout instructs students how to write the final report for their test battery project.





Writing the Test Battery Report


This report will be a summary of your observations of the client during the testing, the responses given to the test stimuli, and your interpretations of those responses. The report should be typed, double-spaced, and 3 to 5 pages in length. Divide the paper into the following sections using these headings:


psychological test batteryBackground Information

Age, sex, occupation, living situation, educational background, and any other relevant information the person might have mentioned to you. Describe the reason why the client is being tested (was he/she referred to you by a boss, another psychologist, a doctor?; did he/she come to a psychological clinic or hospital and is being tested as part of an intake procedure; is he/she part of a research study?)


Behavior During the Testing

How did the person act during the testing? How did he/she seem to feel about taking the tests? Any particular reaction to any particular part of the testing? Any interesting comments that he/she made?


Intellectual and Cognitive Abilities

Overall IQ, corresponding percentile (approximately), and corresponding intellectual category (normal, bright normal, etc.); verbal versus performance IQ and their comparison to general population; salient strengths and weaknesses in various cognitive abilities; how abilities compare to those of general population.


Personality and Interpersonal Style

Personality traits,salient needs and emotions, conflicts, personality strengths and weaknesses. How does the person interact with other people? What are his/her feelings about dealing with the people in his/her life (particularly family members and other close people)?


Diagnostic Assessment

Any evidence of psychological or physiological abnormalities (significant organicity, depression, anxiety, thought disorder, etc.)? What are the person's most significant psychological conflicts and defense mechanisms?

Remember: You do not necessarily have to DIAGNOSE the person as having a specific "disorder." He/she may be relatively "normal."



Summary


Summarize and integrate the above conclusions to present a "total picture" of the client. Use your conclusions to predict how the client may respond to a specific situation (a new job, entering school, dealing with other upcoming life situations). What recommendations can you make about the person? Respond to the referral question, if there is one.

NOTE: For sections 2-5 you MUST CITE SPECIFIC TEST DATA to support the conclusions that you make about the client. Remember, the most valid conclusions are those that are supported by consistent patterns and findings from across the various tests in the battery. Pretend you are writing to a fellow psychologist who is going to check your findings and conclusions. Be technical and specific!

For section 6 (the summary), summarize and integrate your findings WITHOUT referring specifically to the test data. Pretend you are writing this section for someone who is not necessarily sophisticated about psychological tests. DO NOT be technical, but do accurately describe the psychological make-up of your testee.

Along with the report, HAND IN ALL TEST DATA. Bind the report and all the scoring sheets and data together with a paper clip.




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