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PYCL 507 Research and Evaluation: Tests, Test Reviews and Descriptions

APA PsycTests

Tips for using APA PsycTests:

  • Provides access to actual test, scale, and survey instruments, but not necessarily in the format used for testing.
  • Focuses primarily on unpublished tests, those developed by researchers but not made commercially available, but does contain indexing to some commercial tests.
  • Commercially available tests indexed by APA are also included, with links to purchase the instrument from the publisher.
  • Link to a variety of materials describing the test in peer-reviewed literature, technical reports, or dissertations as well as links to related peer-reviewed literature describing test development, review, or use.
  • Includes data on the scope of the test, test implementation, a high-level overview of the test's development, and reliability and validity data (when available).
  • More caveats: https://www.apa.org/pubs/databases/psyctests/faq

Resources for vetting tests

This tab lists comprehensive resources that provide information about measures such as reliability and validity. Always thoroughly vet a test you propose to use.

Test Reviews Online

Public website. Brief information on educational, aptitude and psychological tests as well as testing and survey instruments for various other fields.

Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print

Tips for using MMY:

  • Published by Buros Center for Testing.
  • Comprehensive guide to testing instruments in education, business, health care.
  • Descriptive information including purpose, population, scores.
  • Lists the limitations, reliability, validity of tests, but not the content of the tests themselves.
  • Many of the instruments include extensive reviews written by experts in the field.

Health & Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI)

Tips for using HaPI:

  • Produced by Behavioral Measurement Database Services.
  • Abstracts from hundreds of leading health and psychosocial sciences journals.
  • Contains information about behavioral measurement instruments, including those from industrial organizational behavior and education.
  • Search HAPI for articles where authors used specific instruments.
  • Searches may be limited to primary and secondary sources.
  • Useful for seeing how a test works.