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Psychological and Educational Measurement Instruments Guide

Overview to Finding Tests


  • Finding specific tests and measurements can be challenging. In some cases, you will find only a description or review of the test and not the test itself.
  • Not all tests are readily available. In order to obtain and administer many published* psychological tests (commercial tests), one must be a licensed professional or meet certain criteria; also, many published tests are only available through purchase.
  • Non-published** or non-commercial tests may be obtained more easily.  They can appear in books, journal articles, or in other sources.  Identifying and locating them may take some time and patience.  
  • In brief, there is no quick, easy, one-stop shop, guaranteed way of finding tests and measures.  Finding them requires looking in several different print and/or electronic sources.

*Published: Widely-used tests with established validity, reliability and norms (e.g., standardized tests); usually commercially published and must be ordered or purchased from a publisher.

**Non-published: Non-commercial tests that have been developed or modified for controlled research studies.  Some may have established validity and reliability, some may not. Sometimes printed in articles or books.

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