Review of Existing Psychological Visual Assessments

Review of Existing Psychological Visual Assessments

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2691-9.ch003


Chapter 3 goes into detail describing a selection of the more popular existing psychological visual assessments in use. A description of each assessment is provided, what the use of the assessment is, an example of what a task would entail, and the available psychometric information about the test. This is followed by an evaluation of how culturally sensitive the instrument has shown to be, or might be expected to be. The purpose of this chapter is to review how historically visual assessments have been used to try to assess psychological constructs in a large-scale manner. Three categories of assessments are reviewed: standard assessments that are typically standardized measures, projective assessments, and next generation assessments.
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Standard Assessments

Raven’s Progressive Matrices

The Raven’s Progressive Matrices test is a non-verbal measure of ability of clear-thinking skills, efficient problems solving, abstract reasoning, and ability to learn (Domino & Domino, 2006). It is used typically in employment practices to hire professionals and managers. There are two versions of the test: a standard version that is typically used at the entry-level positions, as well as mid-level positions, and an advanced version that is more commonly used for senior management positions and high level positions ((Domino & Domino, 2006). Among the benefits of the assessment are that they are self-administered, and they are easy to score. Since there is no text to read, the assessment is appealing for use with non-verbal examinees, and can be used regardless of the primary language of the examinee.

There is a lot of information available for the interested reader. There are several websites that provide opportunities to take the test for free. Two sites are:

Description of the Tasks

The tasks in the Raven’s Progressive matrices are familiar to those that have seen IQ tests. Each item consists of a pattern of geometrical figures, and the test-taker has to figure out the next object in the sequence of figures.

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