In this world, there are many different individuals who are not only different in demographics but also different neurologically. Due to an immense amount of people it is important to first understand each individual, in order, to better understand them and to help them when it comes to certain areas such as education, the work force, and etc…. For this reason psychologists have aimed to further understand individuals through the use of psychological assessments. This paper aims to examine a particular assessment tool, the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales (Fifth Edition), which measures both intelligence and cognitive abilities (Roid, 2003). This assessment is usually administered by psychologists and the scores are most often used to determine placement in academics and services allotted to children and adolescents (despite their compatibility for adults) (Wilson & Gilmore, 2012). Furthermore before the investigation dives into the particulars of the test, such as its strengths and weakness’, it is best to first learn more about the intelligence scales general characteristics.
The test under analysis is the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales, Fifth Edition (SB5) which is thoroughly explained through the technical manual of the intelligence assessment (Roid, 2003). The Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales, Fifth Edition, Technical Manual and the SB5 test in general was authored by Gale H. Roid (Roid, 2003). The manual was published by Riverside Publishing in the year 2003 after enduring many years of development (Roid, 2003). The SB5 is an assessment of both cognitive abilities and intelligence (Roid, 2003). The SB5 complete kit is provided via the publisher for the total price of $1,087 (Riverside Publishing, n.d.). If users do not seek to but the full kit then they may also purchase individual items from the publisher’s website. Looking past the fee for the SB5 it is seen that there are also a number of qualifications that must be met in order to attain the test in the first place.
The SB5 has specific qualifications that are posed to individuals who wish to purchase the SB5 (Roid, 2003). There are two groups of individuals whom are considered desirable for the proper use and scoring of the SB5 (Roid, 2003). In the first group the administrator must have previous training in the process of successfully and efficiently giving and calculating the results of psychological tests; the first group is trusted to do this only under closely watched supervision (Roid, 2003). In the second group, individuals must have the expertise to evaluate and ultimately report the outcomes of the SB5; the second group is expected to have more experience due to the fact that their work is more evaluative and structured than the first group (Roid, 2003). The specific administrator qualifications, for the SB5, include basic skills in addition to knowledge/expertise in the areas of “employment testing, education,...