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Psychology

Test and Measurements Websites

APA: Finding Information About Psychological TestsThis website created by the American Psychology Association describes how to find published and unpublished tests.

ETS Test Collection: Provides descriptions of over 25,000 tests held in the ETS library and elsewhere.

The APA Science Directorate I: Provides guidance in using available resources to find psychological tests. Answers to frequently asked questions are provided below and are divided into three topic areas: published psychological tests, unpublished psychological tests and additional information on the proper use of tests.

The APA Science Directorate II: Assists the public by directing people to the available resources to help them find what they need. In addition to the material provided on this site, additional testing-related resources are available through the page of links to other testing-related sites.

What are Psychological Tests and Measurements?

Psychological tests (known as mental measurements, psychological instruments, psychometric tests, inventories, rating scales, are standardized measures of a particular psychological variable such as personality, intelligence, or emotional functioning. They often consist of a series of questions that subjects rank as true or false, or according to a Likert-type scale (agree, somewhat agree...), however tests can use written, visual or verbal methods.

Many tests are commercially published. One well-known commercial test is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Commercial or published tests may need to be purchased from the publisher, and publishers may require proof that users have the professional credentials to administer the test.

In addition to commercial tests, there are countless unpublished tests that researchers design for particular studies in psychology, education, business and other fields.

List of Some Subject Terms

ability--testing

attitude (psychology)--testing  

behavioral assessment 

behavioral assessment of children

personality tests

projective techniques 

psychiatric rating scales

psychological tests

behavioral assessment of infants 

infants development testing   

educational tests and measurements  

psychological tests for children

psychometrics

attitude (psychology)

examinations 

infants--psychological testing

intelligence tests  

personality assessment

self--perception--testing

sexual behavior surveys

sociometry

test bias

Library Resources: Books & ERIC