CODE OF GOOD PRACTICE FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING
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Our Psychometric Test Centre in Malta follows the standards of the British Psychological Society Code of Ethics, to guide all our staff in their day-to-day professional conduct.
This code, which has been produced by the Ethics Committee of the British Psychological Society, focuses on four primary ethical principles:
SkillsMeasure responsibility for competence
Ensure that they meet all the standards of competence for the British Psychological Society (BPS) qualification(s) in test use which they hold.
Maintain their level of competence in the qualification standards and develop and enhance their competence as test users in order to comply with the BPS Maintenance of Competence requirements.
Monitor the limits of their competence in psychometric testing.
Only offer services that lie within their competence and encourage others to do the same.
Ensure that they have undertaken any mandatory training and that they have the specific knowledge and skills required for each of the instruments they use.
Abide by Maltese law and national regulations and restrictions relating to the use of psychological tests and the storage and use of test data.
Procedures and techniques:
Use tests, in conjunction with other assessment methods, only when their use can be supported by the available technical information.
Administer, score and interpret tests in accordance with the instructions provided by the test distributor and to the standards defined by the British Psychological Society.
Store test materials securely and ensure that no unqualified or unauthorized person has access to them, nor has the means to access computer-based or online test materials.
Keep test results securely, in a form suitable for developing norms, validation, and monitoring for bias.
Obtain the informed consent of potential test-takers, making sure that they understand why the tests will be used, what will be done with their results, how the results will be stored, and who will be provided with access to the results.
Ensure that all test takers are well informed and well prepared for the test session and that all have had access to practice or familiarisation materials where appropriate.
Give due consideration to factors such as gender, ethnicity, age, disability, and special needs, educational background, and level of ability in using and interpreting the results of tests.
Provide the test taker and other authorized persons with any agreed feedback about the results in a form that makes clear the implications of the results, is clear, and in a style appropriate to their level of understanding.
Ensure test results are stored securely, are not accessible to unauthorized or unqualified persons, and are not used for any purposes other than those agreed with the test taker.