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1 One important feature of compara­ vated by the outcomes of ability testing. Nevertheless, we feel that it is useful to pre­ tive decisions is that they often require less information than would be required for an sent these three issues separately. absolute decision. Absolute decisions do not involve an explicit choice between two well-defined Ability Testing options; rather, they involve a decision about a single person, option, or object. For ex­ ample, if an employee who is suspected of theft fails a paper-and-pencil honesty test, .

These are not the only ways of classifying the types of decisions of concern to society, but these two distinctions are quite useful in understanding the relationship between tests and decisions. Individual Versus Institutional Decisions The first distinction that must be made is between the decisions made by the per­ son who takes the test as compared with those made by the institution that administers 1, the widespread interest in psychological testing is not be­ the test or uses the results of tests.

Be­ cause of their generality, measures of either of these dimensions would be quite useful, but it also would be difficult to describe precisely what is meant by the tenns introversion and stability. On the other hand, tests that measure one narrowly focused dimension of personality provide precise, interpretable information that is relevant to only a particular subset of behavior. One of the best compromises between bandwidth and fidelity is found in the multifactor personality inventories that grew out of the work of Guilford, Cattell, and others.

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