Validating assessments

You can have a perfect positive correlation or a perfect negative correlation, both are equally as strong in magnitude.

When it comes to psychological assessments and predicting human behavior, you will never see correlations close to 1.0.

An integral member of Select International since 2000, Amie has led the development of numerous competency-based assessments, including online in-baskets, job simulations and motivational fit instruments.

Test validity is the extent to which a test (such as a chemical, physical, or scholastic test) accurately measures what it is supposed to measure.

Validation studies can also help organizations to maximize the use of the assessment by providing data to inform decisions around scoring and cut scores on the assessment.

If so, you’re in good shape to continue with the use of the assessment for that position.

If not, you may want to inquire about other assessment options or consider other assessment vendors who might be able to do a better job of prediction.

If you see a correlation around .30, that shows a moderately strong relationship between the assessment and the outcome variable. Correlations approaching .50 or .60 are very strong predictors of performance.

If the validity coefficient in your report is in that range, you should be very confident that the assessment is helping to identify your best leaders.