Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Domain Referenced Test Interpretation

  • Michael FranzenEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_1191


Content-referenced testing; Criterion-referenced testing; Objective-referenced testing


Domain-referenced, or criterion-referenced, test interpretation refers to the concept that an examinee’s scores on a test are interpreted with reference to the particular cognitive ability being assessed rather than in comparison with the performance of a population of individuals (norm-referenced test interpretation. For example, when examining reading ability, domain-referenced interpretation is exemplified when a neuropsychologist interprets an examinee’s performance in terms of reading mastery or how the current reading level compares to a previous level of reading. This interpretation also assists in predicting the examinee’s performance on a criterion. The benefit of this type of interpretation is that it allows the referral source, patient, caregiver, or other interested parties to understand the potential impact of a deficit in the examinee’s daily life, such as particular...

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References and Readings

  1. Anastasi, A., & Urbina, S. (1997). Psychological testing (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River: Prentice-Hall.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Allegheny General HospitalPittsburghUSA