SOURCE: Psychological Services, Inc.

March 06, 2006 15:00 ET

PSI Introduces Spanish Language Testing for Potential Hires

Action Follows Growing Demand for Non-English Pre-Employment Assessments

BURBANK, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 6, 2006 --In response to the growing global demand for pre-employment testing of job applicants, PSI (Psychological Services, Inc.), the nation's leader in pre-employment assessment and evaluation programs, announced today the availability of its products in Spanish.

The tests, which are available in both online and pen-and-pencil formats, are designed to assess job applicants' cognitive skills, attitudes, and other personal characteristics in order to help employers make more accurate hiring decisions.

In recent years, more and more businesses, government agencies and professional associations have been using such tests to determine if applicants will be a good "fit" in the jobs for which they are being interviewed. The tests also can determine if an applicant has the requisite skills to be successful in a particular position. Because the cost of making a "bad hire" can be extremely high, reaching thousands of dollars per lost employee, employers are relying upon tests to help select employees who will be both successful and committed to remaining on the job.

A major reason for the increased use of Spanish pre-employment testing today is that employers face an increasing shortage of qualified applicants, and must take a closer look at the labor market to ensure that they are not overlooking talent. Another key reason is that the consumer base is becoming increasingly multi-lingual and Spanish fluency is needed to serve this expanding consumer base.

The initial Spanish language tests being offered by PSI include translated versions of tests from three of its most popular series: the Employee Aptitude Survey (EAS), Basic Skills Test (BST) and select portions of PSI's work attitude assessment series, ViewPoint™.

"We are very pleased that our efforts to fairly and accurately translate our existing tests into Spanish have been completed, and that our products are now available to anyone in the world," said John Weiner, vice president of products and services for PSI. "There is a growing demand for Spanish pre-employment tests in financial, telecommunications, retail, healthcare, and other business sectors, particularly those with large numbers of bilingual employees for whom English is a second language. All companies today are seeking to extend their reach in the labor market to hire the right employees for their organizations, and want to improve staff quality and reduce inventory shrinkage. We can help them achieve that goal."

The translated tests underwent a comprehensive two-year translation and quality control process to ensure accuracy and cultural equivalence to their English counterparts. After an independent translation company conducted the adaptation to Spanish, the material was reviewed by an advisory panel of over 30 bilingual subject matter experts from PSI partners in the financial services, logistics and telecommunications industries. The process was designed to ensure that different regionalisms of the Spanish language were accommodated, including Mexico, Central America, Caribbean, and various regions of South America.

Building on results from the advisory panel, PSI also executed three separate field studies over a one-and-a-half year period, during which over 500 people took the exams in both English and Spanish. The participants were comprised of adult hourly employees from around the United States and Puerto Rico.

Through the comprehensive process, PSI established a rational process to translate their pre-employment assessments. Weiner noted that the company plans to replicate this process in translating their products into other languages such as Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, and various European languages.

"We believe that through our research, we have developed a fair approach that can easily be tailored to fit the translation needs of other languages," added Doug Walner, president of PSI. "Our goal is to provide companies with pre-employment testing programs that will enable them to find the best employees without having to cross the hurdle of a language barrier."

Headquartered in Burbank, CA, PSI is an industry-leading provider of pre-employment testing and evaluation programs for international and national corporations, state governments and professional associations. Since 1946, the company has provided assessment programs for pre-employment selection, evaluation, placement and licensure and certification to help clients match important individual capabilities with job demands. PSI's reputation is built on unprecedented research that shows tests can predict a professional readiness and performance.

For more information on PSI and its selection: assessment programs and licensure certification tests, please visit www.psionline.com

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