An Introduction to the Philosophy of Tests

Year: 1985

Author: Caulley, Darrel N.

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This paper is philosophical in nature since it is a critical discussion of what has been written about the basic nature of tests. Like philosophers, the reader (or listener) is invited to reflect and contemplate about what is fundamental to tests. The paper looks at five basic characteristics of tests:
(1) A test as a measurement of concept.
(2) A test as a sample of behaviour.
(3) A test as a set of stimuli requiring response. (4) A test as a standardized procedure for gathering data. (5) A test as a set of criteria for judging performance.