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Face validity

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Face validity is related to content validity, but instead of assessing what the test measures, it assesses if the test seems to measure what it is intended to measure. Essentially, researchers and participants are simply taking the validity of the test at face value by looking at whether a test appears to measure the target variable, and if it “looks valid” to all involved.


Cherry, Kendra, “What Is Face Validity?.” Psychology. Online: (Retrieved on August 14, 2014)

Landine, Jeffrey and John Stewart, “Assessment in Career Guidance.” In Blythe C. Shepard and Priya S. Mani (editors). Career Development Practice in Canada: Perspectives, Principles and Professionalism. Toronto: Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC), 2014, p.435.

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