What Types of Tests are Available?
Published tests are available from test publishers. Publishers control the distribution of tests to prevent public familiarity with test content and to ensure tests are administered and scored by qualified examiners. Only a few sources provide an actual test. Some sources will give basic details and a short summary about a testing instrument. Other resources provide an overview or review of a test.
Unpublished tests are referred to in articles but are not often available from commercial publishers. However, PsycTESTS provides access to full text or partial full text of some unpublished tests. Occasionally, copies or portions of unpublished tests may be found in journal articles or books.
Help from the American Psychological Association
- Use this online guide to learn more about locating psychological tests.
- Watch YouTube videos about using PsycINFO.
Locate evaluations of test instruments
- Provides access to psychological tests, measures, scales, surveys, and other assessments.
- Includes descriptive information about the test as well as its administration and development history.
- Search by test name or acronym, or by topic area (enter key words, such as “anxiety,” into the search box)
- Search for information about specific tests: In the Mental Measurements Yearbook you can search by test name or acronym to find information about specific tests.
- Search for information about areas of testing: You can find information about tests for particular areas by entering key words, such as “anxiety,” into the search box.
You can find research journal articles that describe experiments and the instruments used to measure their variables in PsycINFO.
- Search for information about specific tests:
- Enter the name of the test in the search box.
- Use the “Select a field” drop-down menu, located next to the search box, and select TM Tests & Measures.
- If you do not find articles using this method, try your search using one of the following from the drop-down menu: SU Subjects, KW Keywords, or TI Title.
- Search for information about areas of testing: If you are looking for a type of test, you can combine key words (e.g. cognitive ability, optimism, etc.) with classification codes (e.g. Sensory & Motor Testing; Personality Scales & Inventories) to find out which tests have been used in past research.
- Go to “Advanced Search” and scroll down to the section called “Classification Codes.”
- Select the classification you want (hold the Ctrl key to select more than one).
- Enter your search terms in the box at the top of the screen.
Search subject terms to find articles, books and e-books:
- personality tests
- intelligence tests
- psychological testing
Where Can I Find Copies of Tests?
Websites often provide useful links to collections of tests and measures.
- PsycWeb Resources
This Web site contains psychology-related information for students and teachers of psychology including testing and assessment information.
An online source of information on psychological assessment and testing for mental health practitioners and healthcare consumers.
- International Personality Item Pool
This IPIP website is intended to provide rapid access to measures of individual differences, all in the public domain, to be developed conjointly among scientists worldwide.