Definition: A property exhibited by a test that yields the same results over time


Basically...


  • A test that provides consistent results when taken multiple times.
  • Same test! Same results!

Examples of Reliability


Reliability:

  • A person takes a test and gets an 86%. He takes the same test again and gets the same score the second time.
  • Taking a practice test for AP Psych more then once, and receiving an 80% each time.
  • John scores a 2100 on his SATs. He takes them again, and still gets a 2100.

You may ask.. what wouldn't be considered "reliable"?

  • You take a test and score 67%. You retake it without studying anymore or preparing any different and score a 93%.
  • You recieve a 84% on a standardized test the first time. You retest, preparing the same way, and get a 59%.



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See Also...

  1. http://www.socialresearchmethods.net/kb/reltypes.php
  2. http://psychology.about.com/od/researchmethods/f/reliabilitydef.htm