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Tags: VLAD BURTAVERDE , TEODOR MIHAILA , ergonomics , computerized psychological assessment , training , learning , cognitive load

DIFFICULTIES EXPERIENCED BY STUDENTS IN THE USE OF VIENNA TEST SYSTEMS COMPUTERIZED PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS


VLAD BURTAVERDE, TEODOR MIHAILA
University of Bucharest


Abstract


This paper aims to show that first year students at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences have problems when they have to work with the computerized Vienna Test Systems psychological assessment battery. We were interested in the perceived difficulty of working with a computerized assessment tool and the usability of Vienna Test Systems. We started from the assumption that their performance will improve after repeating the task and through practice. 100 students in the first year completed a questionnaire and an observation grid in two different moments of time. The similarity between the two types of measurement on each item was high. The results of other previous research are supported in this work, students reporting difficulties in understanding and using computerized psychological tests, but after repeating the task, they have better results, admitting that aid and training from the supervisor proved to be very helpful. The paper discusses the impact computerized test may have on participants and the role of the evaluator in facilitating the adaptation to this type of psychological assessment.

Cuvinte cheie: ergonomie, evaluare psihologică computerizată, training, învăţare, sarcină cognitivă

Keywords: ergonomics, computerized psychological assessment, training, learning, cognitive load
 


This article can be cited as:

V.  Burtăverde  & T. Mihăila (2011). Difficulties experienced by students in the use of Vienna Test System computerized psychological tests.  Romanian Journal of Experimental Applied Psychology,  vol. 2, no.2, pp. 42-50, 2011.


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