18:00 (18:30 start) – 20:30
Join us for a fuddle with East Midlands member Jenny Koehring who will be presenting Psychometric testing in Deaf adults and if anyone would like to take part in the study they will be tested via an online questionnaire. Testing should take no more than 45 minutes and participants can receive a report of their results if they wish. Please feel free to bring some snacks to share.
A lot of employers use psychometric testing to select employees from their applicant pool. This can
be part of a job application, interview or in a so-called assessment centre.
The test they use are standardized. This means that the same test is used for all participants. Many
such tests have been translated into other languages but not into sign languages. This research aims
to find out whether test results are different for hearing and Deaf people who use BSL (British Sign
Language). Three different areas will be tested: Verbal (your understanding of the meaning of English
words and sentences), Numerical (your understanding of mathematical concepts) and abstract (your
ability to find patterns and understand the order in which they occur). You will be given examples to
practice before you start.
Questions we will discuss:
1. What is psychometrics and when is it used?
2. What are ability tests and how are they created?
3. What are some of the issues of psychometric testing for Deaf people and interpreters?
4. What is the aim of the present study and how might it be the first step towards
improvements in theory and practice?
If anyone has a laptop they can bring, that would enable us to test more individuals simultaneously.
Jenny Koehring is a registered freelance interpreter. She is currently studying for a master’s degree in
occupational psychology and has a keen interest in cross-disciplinary research. In addition, she is a
board member for the association of sign language interpreters (ASLI), where she works with her
colleagues to raise awareness for the profession, standards within, and the needs of clients and
communities. She lives with her partner, son and cat in Derbyshire and when she’s not interpreting,
studying, volunteering or travelling around the country for Deaf and sign language related events, she
enjoys cooking and going for a walk in the countryside.