Educational and Psychological Tests and Measurements
There are thousands of educational and psychological assessment tools available to students and researchers. Some of these tools are available free to the general public, while others are quite expensive, available only directly from the test publisher, and their use limited to psychologists and other professionals.
This guide will help you understand how to find tests that measures a certain trait or aptitude, how to find reviews of the tests, and how to track down copies of the instruments.
There are a number of resources to consult when you want to find an instrument that measures a certain trait, aptitude, intelligence, etc. You can consult:
Mental Measurements Yearbook contains full-text information on commercially-available, standardized English-language tests covering educational skills, personality, vocational aptitude, psychology, and related areas. Information given on instruments includes test name and classification, author(s), publisher, publication date, price, time requirements, existence of validity and reliability data, score descriptions, levels, and intended populations. Published reviews of the tests are referenced. MMY provides coverage from Volume 9 (1985) to the present.
Tests in Print, also included in the MMY Database, is produced by the Buros Institute of Mental Measurements at the University of Nebraska, and (TIP) serves as a comprehensive bibliography to all known commercially available tests that are currently in print in the English language. TIP provides vital information to users including test purpose, test publisher, in-print status, price, test acronym, intended test population, administration times, publication date(s), and test author(s). A score index permits users to identify what is being measured by each test. Tests in Print also guides readers to critical, candid test reviews published in the Mental Measurements Yearbook (MMY) series.
Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI) provides access to information on measurement instruments (i.e., questionnaires, coding schemes, rating scales, vignettes/scenarios, tests) in the health fields, psychosocial sciences, organizational behavior, and library and information science. HAPI assists researchers, practitioners, educators, administrators, and evaluators, including students, to identify measures needed for research studies, grant proposals, client/patient assessment, class papers/projects, theses/dissertations, and program evaluation.
The ETS Test Collection (also known as Test Link) contains descriptions of over 20,000 published and unpublished tests and measurements. Click on the Search Test Link Database link and then type in your search.
Use the MMY Test Reviews Online to search for citations to reviews of educational and psychological tests. For example, a search for anxiety scale pulls up citations dozens of tests, displayed in order of relevance. Each citation tells you which volume of the MMY contains the actual review of the test.
Test Reference Books
Tests in Print (TIP) (REF BF176 .T47- ask at the Ref. Desk)
TIP is a bibliography of commercially-available tests that are in print and available for purchase. You can use the Classified Subject Index (pp. 857-910) to look up tests by subject. The Subject Index classifies the tests into 19 major categories, including Achievement, Behavior Assessment, Personality, Reading, and Speech and Hearing. You can also use the Score Index (pp. 999-1130) to look up tests by variable. Examples of variables/scores include: Family Cohesion, Language Errors, Feelings About Parenthood, Memory Skills, and Scientific Attitude.
Test Critiques (REF BF176 .T419- ask at the Ref. Desk)
This set of books contains detailed critiques describing the practical applications and technical aspects of tests. You can use the Subject Index (at the back of the book) to look up tests by subject.
Mental Measurement Yearbook (MMY) (REF BF176 .M46- ask at the Reference Desk)
This multi-volume set of books contains descriptions, critical reviews and references for hundreds of tests. Like Tests in Print, the MMY has a Classified Subject Index and Score Index.
Handbooks and Guides
The following books, available in Odum Library, contain information about tests on specific topics. The sources do NOT contain the tests themselves.
Finding Reviews of Tests
The following sources contain descriptions, critical reviews and references for thousands of tests. These sources do not contain the actual tests; however, test publishers' contact information is available in each source. In addition, sample questions are often included in the articles referenced in the reviews.
Mental Measurement Yearbook (MMY) REF BF176 .M46 - ask at the Reference Desk, or online (see above)
This multi-volume set of books contains descriptions, critical reviews and references for hundreds of tests. Each entry includes the test's intended population, forms and prices, test author, reliability, validity, norming data, and much more. Each entry also includes the name of the test publisher, and a Publishers Directory is located in the back of each MMY volume. When using the print volumes, use the MMY Comprehensive Index or MMY Test Reviews Online to find out which MMY volume includes your test. The company that publishes the MMY has a helpful webpage that includes a step-by-step How to use the Mental Measurements Yearbook guide.
Test Critiques Print (REF BF176 .T419- ask at the Reference Desk)
This set of books contains detailed critiques describing the practical applications and technical aspects of tests. Each entry includes information on authors, purpose of test, scoring, reliability and validity, and opinions from experts regarding the technical adequacy of the test. Use the Index of Test Titles, which appears in the back of Volume X (10), to see if a test has been reviewed and in which volume the review appears. The publisher is listed under the title of each test, and an Index of Test Publishers is located at the back of each volume.
ETS Test Collection Online and Print (REF BF176 .E87 1986 ask at the Reference Desk)
This collection is an extensive descriptive catalog of approximately 17, 400 tests and other measurement devices. Publisher information is provided. Some tests can be ordered directly from ETS. For more information, see How to Order a Test.
Tests in Print VII (TIP) REF BF176 .T47 ask at the Reference Desk, or online (see above)
TIP is a bibliography of commercially-available tests with references to critical reviews. You can use TIP to find out in which volume of the MMY a particular test is reviewed. Publisher information is provided.
Remember that "published tests" are generally available for purchase through a commercial publisher and only by licensed professionals. Copies of "unpublished tests", on the other hand, may be found in ERIC Documents, journal articles, dissertations, websites, and books. You can also try contacting the test's author and asking for a copy.
Tracking Down Published Tests
If you've found the title of a test in the print copies of the MMY, Test Critiques, Tests in Print, or ETS Test Collection, the name of the publisher is included in the test entry. All of these sources include sections, usually found at the back of each volume, listing publisher contact information.
If you found a test using the ETS website, the entry for the test should include the publisher's address. A small percentage of tests found in ETS can be purchased online in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. (For more information, see How to Order a Test.)
Tracking Down Unpublished Tests
Psychiatric Rating Scales and Diagnostic Aids: full text sources maintained by Adelaide University Library
Self Report Measures: Charles S. Carver, University of Miami Psychology Department
Tests and Measures in the Social Sciences: Helen Hough, Health Sciences Librarian, Central Library, University of Texas at Arlington.
Do a subject heading search in the online catalog to search for books available in Odum Library.
There are a number of subject headings related to educational and psychological tests and measurements:
You can use several library databases to find journal articles that describe experiments and the tests used to measure the variables. There are also articles which discuss the reliability, validity and bias of specific tests.
Tips for ERIC
Tips for Sociological Abstracts