What is the reliability of online psychological tests?


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Online psychological tests are fairly reliable. A study done by Universidad de Educacion a Distancia in Madrid, Spain, found that both online and paper-and-pencil questionnaires yielded fairly equivalent results as long as the online version and paper-and-pencil version are similar.

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In this study, 185 psychology students were enlisted to participate, all with Internet access. Both paper-and-pencil and online questionnaires were completed by 100 participants. Two psychology tests were used in this study, namely the GHQ-28 (General Health Questionnaire) and the SCL-90-R (Symptom Checklist-90-R). The researchers found that the online and paper-and-pencil GHQ-28 test results are consistent. On the other hand, the online SCL-90-R test was not determined to be a reliable assessment.

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