Study Guide

11/7/17

A frequent question we get from prospective Certified Specialist in Psychometry exam (CSPe) candidates is "When will there be a Study Guide available?"

From the very beginning of the CSPe development stage there was discussion about creating the Study Guide.  As we dug deeper into what this project entails it became clear the project snowballed into a much much larger project than originally envisioned.  There are multiple chapters that need to be written and there needs to be a strong continuity for years afterwards to keep it up to date.  Right now the BCP is too small to take on such a task.

The exam Handbook has been expanded but we are all in agreement that it is does not cover enough of what is really needed.  Besides a guide for exam candidates it also offers the ability to provide a published source for future CSPe test items.  As we know, all too often we are taught something about psychometry that is known to be true but there is no documented/published source available as most sources about neuropsychology address the interpretation and norming but less so on the administration and scoring - the psychometry end - what we do.  

For example, there is no published source that addresses how errors are to be addressed when the examinee makes an error on the TMT.  All manuals make some vague indication to return the examinee to the point where the error was initiated but what exactly are we to verbalize and how in depth are we to encourage the examinee to continue - those specifics are lacking.  A presentation on this very topic was presented at the 2013 NAP conference in San Diego.  The author if this presentation discovered a broad range of what psychometrists said and did when faced with this all-too-common scenario.  Having a resource that specifically addresses this issue as well as many others would offer an opportunity to provide a universal reference and methodology to a field that is often considered to be one of the most standardized subfields of psychology.  In effect, the Study Guide would offer such a resource.  

The Study Guide has a rough outline of the content areas that need to be developed.  The weakest areas are pediatrics, vocational, education, and what I like to refer to as the "lore of psychometry" - the stuff we all do and know to be true but there is no published source we can point to that supports the claims.  In a sense, this Study Guide becomes a resource for all psychometrists, and can also be a training tool for all of us in the field. 

The content and format of each chapter need to be consistent as much as possible with supporting references.  When published references are not available this is an opportunity to come to a consensus and create it.  If you have ever sat for a credentialing exam or similar and you used a published study guide you have a great understanding of what is needed.   Below are two documents to give you a little bit of insight as to what is needed:

If you like to write, especially write about psychometry and the ins-and-outs of our profession we would love to have you join and even spearhead this project.  I hope you will offer your legacy of knowledge, insights and talents to the development of this important Study Guide.  Feel free to contact me should you have any questions.

Thank you.

Tom Erickson, MA, CSP, NCC, LMHC


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