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On objectivity and validity of oral examinations in psychology – A replication

Author(s): Carmen Hagemeister | Karl Westhoff

Journal: Psychological Test and Assessment Modeling
ISSN 2190-0493

Volume: 52;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 247;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: oral examination | examination | objectivity

A hierarchy of requirements applying to practising psychologists is the basis of a concept for oral examinations in psychological assessment. A study on the objectivity of oral examinations was replicated. We found very high correlations between the evaluations of examiner and assessor and high correlations between the examinees’ self-evaluations after the exam. Examinees’ self-evaluations before the examinations correlated at about 0.48 with the marks in the oral examina-tion. The results concerning preparation do not uniformly show that preparation in a group and mutual examination lead to better marks compared to preparation alone.
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