Psychologist Exam Syllabus and Sample Questions under community development authority-CDA -UAE

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Examination Content:

  • 150 multiple choice items on knowledge base essential for independent practice
  • Paper and Pencil exam delivered at British University in Dubai
  • Candidate must be approved to take exam
  • Poor performing items will be removed.
  • Scores reported after analysis Standard Setting

Blueprint for the British University in Dubai Examination:
The blue print provided below demonstrates the areas of knowledge that are represented on the examination.
The percentage of question in each of the eight domains is provided. Each question relates to one of the
knowledge statements (KN) in the blueprint.
Domain 1 – Biological Bases of Behavior (10%)
KN1. Functional correlates and determinants of the neurobiological and genetic bases of behavior pertaining to perception, cognition, personality, and mood and affect in normal, acute and chronic neurobehavioral disease processes and disease comorbidities
KN2. Drug classification, mechanisms of action, and desired/adverse effects of therapeutic agents, drugs of abuse, and complementary or alternative agents

Domain 2 – Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior (13%)
KN3. Major research‐based theories and models of intelligence and their application
KN4. Major research-based theories, models, and principles of learning and their application

KN5. Major research‐based theories and models of memory and their application
KN6. Major research‐based theories and models of motivation and theirapplication
KN7. Major research-based theories and models of emotion and their application

Domain 3 – Social and Cultural Bases of Behavior (11%)
KN11. Major research‐based theories and models of social cognition (e.g., person perception, development of stereotypes, prejudice)
KN12. Social interaction and relationships(e.g., attraction, aggression, altruism, organizational justice, verbal and non‐verbal communication, internet communication, mate selection, empathy)
KN13. Group and systems processes (e.g., school, work, and family systems, job satisfaction, team functioning, conformity, persuasion) and social influences on functioning
KN14. Cultural and sociopolitical psychology (e.g., privilege, cross‐cultural comparisons, political differences, international and global awareness, religiosity and spirituality, acculturation)
Domain 4 – Growth and Lifespan Development (12%)
KN15. Normal growth and development across the lifespan
KN16. Influence of individual‐environment interaction on development over time (e.g., the relationship between the individual and the social, academic, work, community environment)
KN17. Major research‐based theories and models of development
KN18. Risk and protective factors that may impact a developmental course (e.g., nutrition, prenatal care, health care, social support, socioeconomic status, abuse, victimization, and resiliency)
Domain 5 – Assessment and Diagnosis (16%)
KN19. Assessment methods and their strengths and limitations (e.g., self‐report, multi-informant reports,
psychophysiological measures, work samples, assessment centers, direct observation, structured and semi‐ structured interviews)
KN20. Issues of differential diagnosis and integration of non‐psychological information into psychological
KN21. Criteria for selection and adaptation of assessment methods (e.g., evidenced-based knowledge of
assessment limitations, cultural appropriateness, trans‐cultural adaptation, and language accommodations)
KN22. Constructs of epidemiology and base rates of psychological and behavioral disorders
KN23. Major research-based theories and models of psychopathology

Domain 6 – Treatment, Intervention, and Prevention and Supervision (17%)
KN24. Factors related to treatment or intervention decision-making (e.g., relevant research, matching treatment to assessment/diagnosis, matching client or patient with psychologist characteristics, knowledge and use of allied services, cost and benefit, readiness to change)
KN25. Contemporary research-based theories and models of treatment, intervention, and prevention
KN26. Treatment techniques and interventions and the evidence for their comparative efficacy and effectiveness
Domain 7 – Research Methods and Statistics (5%)
KN27. Sampling and data collection methods
KN28. Critical appraisal and application of research findings(e.g., adequacy of design and statistics, limitations to generalizability, threats to internal and external validity, design flaws, level of evidence)
KN29. Evaluation strategies and techniques (e.g., needs assessment, process and implementation evaluation, formative and summative program evaluation, outcome evaluation, cost‐benefit analysis)
Domain 8 – Ethical/Legal/Professional Issues (16%)
KN30. Professional standards and relevant guidelines for the practice of psychology (e.g., standards for
educational and psychological testing)
KN31. Identification and management of potential ethical issues
KN32. Client and patient rights
KN33. Ethical issues in supervision

Advice for Preparation:

  • Knowledge exam. Not a skills exam
  • General knowledge. Not a specialty exam
  • All items are often from graduate text books so this is a good source of study materials
  • Prepare using the blueprint.
  • Focus on more global theories and knowledge.
  • Typically more well established concepts rather than cutting edge research

Sample Questions:

Area 1 -Biological Bases of Behavior (10%)

  1. Physical dependence on a drug is:
  • A. revealed when administration of a placebo produces withdrawal.
  • B. always associated with drug tolerance.
  • C. said to occur when it is required for normal functioning.
  • D. said to occur when a larger dose of a drug is required to achieve the desired effect.
  • Answer: C
  1. In individuals with chronic alcoholism, Wernicke’s
    encephalopathy may develop as a result of:
    A. liver failure.
    B. malabsorption.
    C. the neurotoxic effects of alcohol.
    D. thiamine deficiency.
    Answer: D

Area 2 -Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior (13%)

  1. Which of the following would produce the highest level of free recall for a studied list of words?
    A. Generating a meaningful personal association for each word
    B. Silently repeating each word
    C. Repeating each word aloud
    D. Classifying each word according to its sound
    Answer: A

4. A child pets a dog and is knocked down by the dog’s playful jumping. Now the child cries upon seeing any dog, even if the
dog poses no danger. This reaction of fear and anxiety is a result of:

A. classical conditioning.
B avoidance learning.
B negative reinforcement.
C operant conditioning.

Answer A

Area 3 -Social and Cultural Bases of Behavior (11%)

5. Research suggests that gender-based differences in social behavior are:
A. most pronounced with regard to motor development.
B. most pronounced during interactions in mixed-sex
C. most pronounced during interactions in same-sex groups.
D. not discernible until children reach puberty.
Answer B

Area 4- Growth and Lifespan Development (12%)

6. Which of the following describes the most consistent change in sleep pattern among older adults?
A. Increase in total sleep hours
B. Decreased Stage 1 sleep
C. Decreased time needed to fall asleep
D. Increased frequency of awakening as morning approaches
Answer: D

Area 5 – Assessment and Diagnosis (16%)

7. Elderly adults with significant cognitive dysfunction are likely to:
A. admit to memory problems only when asked.
B. be unaware of memory problems.
C. exaggerate memory problems.
D. report only severe memory problems.
Answer: B

Area 5 – Assessment and Diagnosis (16%)

8. Self-report inventories of adult interests, values, and preferences assume that:
A. values and preferences are stable dispositions, while interests are highly subject to change.
B. interests, values, and preferences are stable dispositions.
C. interests and preferences are stable dispositions, while values are highly subject to change.
D. interests, values, and preferences are highly subject to change.

Answer B

Area 6 – Treatment, Intervention, and Prevention and Supervision (17%)

9. Research on the measurement of anxiety and depression has shown that they are difficult to discriminate because both
constructs involve:
A. high negative affect.
B. low negative affect.
C. high positive affect.
D. low positive affect.

Answer A

10. In treating a client with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, a psychologist first explains the development of the disorder, has the client write an impact statement about the effect of the trauma, and then describes the trauma in detail for the client for clarification. Finally, the psychologist and the client work together to identify and change beliefs related to the trauma. Which form of psychotherapy does this scenario best
A. Cognitive processing
B. Insight oriented
C. Flooding
D. Dialectical behavior

Answer A

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