Projective Test

Projective Test

A test that requires an individual to respond to indistinct stimuli. The individual’s interpretation about the stimuli is meant to reveal aspects of their personality. The Rorschach, which has individuals describe various ambiguous inkblot pictures is a classic example of a projective test. These types of tests usually work the following way: A test taker is presented with a dark circular drawing and is asked to describe what he or she sees. Let us say that the test taker states that it is a basketball, the test scorer may then presume that the individual likes sports and probably favours basketball as oppose to tennis or any other sport. This type of reasoning is a primary illustration of how these types of tests work.

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