Reliability
• Reliability = Indicator of how consistently (precisely) the test
measures the psychological construct.
– Consistency of test results from one administration of the
test to another administration (testretest reliability).
– Consistency of randomly chosen two subset of items in
the test (splithalf reliability).
– Consistency of each item to the other items in the test
(internal consistency).
• Virtually, all psychological measurements are not perfectly
reliable.
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We want to know how reliable the test is.
• The measure of reliability is based on what we call “classical true
score test theory”.
The Classical True Score Model
X
=
T
+
E
where
X
is the observed score
T
is the unobserved true score (fixed)
E
is the error score (random)
(example)
• Assume your true score for a specific test is known to
be 108.
 True score is always unknown, though.
• You have obtained 112 on the test.
• Then,
X
= 112,
T
= 108, and
E
= 4.
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 Spring '06
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