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Essentials of Testing and Assessment: A Practical Guide for Counselors, Social Workers, and Psychologists, Enhanced, 3E

Author(s): Edward S. Neukrug | R. Charles Fawcett

ISBN: 9789355739018

3rd Edition

Copyright: 2020

India Release: 2023


Binding: Paperback

Pages: 368

Trim Size: 241 x 181 mm

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Comprehensive and easy to read, Neukrug and Fawcett's ESSENTIALS OF TESTING AND ASSESSMENT: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR COUNSELORS, SOICAL WORKERS, AND PSYCHOLOGISTS, ENHANCED, 3rd Edition, introduces learners to the concepts and applications of assessment and testing. Case vignettes, samples of real tests, and additional activities and exercises increase understanding.

  • Thought-provoking cases, vignettes, and real-life exercises engage students by providing opportunities for hands-on practice.
  • The book guides students step-by-step through the increasingly complex process of gathering information about clients, and suggests specific ways of writing effective test reports.
  • Text illustrations, figures, and examples of test reports and interview outlines help students apply the concepts presented in the chapters.
  • Down-to-earth, easy-to-understand writing clearly explains the use of test statistics and how to apply them to the assessment process.
  • Neukrug and Fawcett devote individual chapters to commonly used assessment techniques in educational ability, intelligence testing, career and occupational assessment, and clinical assessment, with each chapter highlighting the role of the helper in assessment procedures and stressing the importance of sensitivity when assessing any person.
  • 2019 Update: Chapter 2 in the Enhanced Edition, Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Assessment, includes updated ethical and professional issues.
  • Enhanced 3rd edition has updated research, assessment and tests.
  • 2019 Update: Section III, Commonly Used Assessment Techniques (Chapters 8, 9, 10, 11), in the Enhanced Edition, have been updated to include the most current version of the tests and assessments procedures being described. Newer instruments were added to ensure that the most current information is included in the text.


1. History of Testing and Assessment.

2. Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues in Assessment.

3. Diagnosis in the Assessment Process.

4. The Assessment Report Process: Interviewing the Client and Writing the Report.


5. Test Worthiness: Validity, Reliability, Cross-Cultural Fairness, and Practicality.

6. Statistical Concepts: Making Meaning Out of Raw Scores.

7. Statistical Concepts: Creating New Scores to Interpret Test Data.


8. Assessment of Educational Ability: Survey Battery, Diagnostic, Readiness, and Cognitive Ability Tests (Updated).

9. Intellectual and Cognitive Functioning: Intelligence Testing and Neuropsychological Assessment (Updated).

10. Career and Occupational Assessment: Interest Inventories, Multiple Aptitude, and Special Aptitude Tests (Updated).

11. Clinical Assessment: Objective and Projective Personality Tests (Updated).

12. Informal Assessment: Observation, Rating Scales, Classification Methods, Environmental Assessments, Records and Personal Documents, and Performance-Based Assessment.


Edward S. Neukrug

Edward S. Neukrug is the Professor of Counseling at Old Dominion University, Dr. Ed Neukrug has made a substantial impact on the fields of counseling and human services. An author of 11 books and dozens of articles and chapters in books, his works have been read by thousands of counseling and human services students and professionals. A leader in several counseling and human services associations, he has helped steer the fields toward the future. In addition, Dr. Neukrug was the architect of the original ethics code of the National Association of Human Services (NOHS) and served in a variety of capacities for professional associations. He has several open-access, free websites which focus on learning of counseling theories, understanding one’s view of human nature, testing and assessment, and more. His commitment to, and work in, the counseling and human services professions has been unwavering. Dr. Neukrug has received numerous awards for his work, including twice receiving the President’s award from NOHS and recently receiving the American Counseling Association’s (ACA) Fellows designation. You can view his works, open access websites, and accomplishments at www.counselingbooksetc.com and atwww.odu.edu/~eneukrug.


Charles Fawcett

Charles Fawcett is a doctoral student at the University of Virginia. He is formerly a Faculty Lecturer at Old Dominion University where he also received his M.S. Ed. in Counseling. His therapy experience includes working with individuals, couples, and families at an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) as well as leading substance abuse groups. Charles previously served 10 years as a Naval Flight Officer and Bombardier/Navigator in the A-6 Intruder.