February 2016

Date for review:
February 2017


Declan Fitzgerald and Evin Cowhey

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Perspectives on the use of ability tests in schools


This video was inspired as a result of a series of Continued Professional Development workshops undertaken in Irish secondary schools. The hopes for ability tests were too often not fulfilled. There was a mismatch in messages being delivered to students as result of testing and what their real needs were. These concerns will be addressed in this video.

The aims of this video are to:

  • Develop awareness of best practice and best fit when administering psychometric tests 
  • Appreciate the central role of a clearly communicated testing policy when administering psychometric tests 

We recommend the following materials in conjunction with this video:

  • Best Practice, Ethical and Legal Considerations in Psychometric Testing for Guidance Counsellors by Declan Fitzgerald and Ciara Farrell which can be found here.
  • Video Role Play: Provision of Feedback on Psychometric Test Results by Declan Fitzgerald can be found here.
  • A guide for post-primary schools in developing a policy for the use of assessment instruments (including tests and web-based resources) was developed by NCGE and can be accessed here.
  • Data Protection for the Guidance Counsellor: Issues To Plan For by Hugh Jones can be accessed here.