Publication Date

Spring 2020

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Elizabeth Shoenfelt (Director), Reagan D. Brown, Katrina Burch

Degree Program

Department of Psychological Sciences

Degree Type

Master of Science


Department of Psychological Sciences Western Kentucky University There are three validation strategies utilized for evaluating tests, content validity, construct validity, and criterion-related validity. Each of these methods serves a different and unique purpose when it comes to the validation of tests. Content validity pertains to whether the content measured by the test is representative of the content domain. Verifying content validity is a multi-step process involving conducting a job analysis, identifying content domains, creating test specifications, creating test items, and then conducting analyses to identify whether or not the test items are representative and in accordance with the test specifications. The three SMEs chosen for this study were current members of the Unnamed National Professional Organization and had scored in the top 10 percent of all test takers on the national certification exam. There were substantial differences in what the SMEs reported versus what the test specifications outlined in regard to Knowledge Group and Domain. There are 15 test items can be utilized to refine the exam and correct some of the identified deficiencies.


Social and Behavioral Sciences