Access to Psychological and Educational Tests
- Commercial tests
Published Tests: Many tests are commercially published and are sold via the test publisher's website.
Access to tests may be restricted to those with professional standing with verifiable credentials (for example: licensed psychologists). Refer to the publisher's website for details on credentials required for access to specific tests.
- Unpublished tests
Unpublished tests are those which are not available commercially.
Information about these tests may be found in journal articles, monographs, or from the test author.
Psychological and Education Test E-Resources
- Copyright Information and Education (U of M Libraries)
Many tests are covered by copyright. The site of the University of Minnesota Libraries' Copyright Information and Education Initiative, which supports an informed and educated University community on matters of copyright and its application in teaching, research, and scholarship.
- Buros Center for Testing
Web site with information about the Buros Institute, tests, test reviews, Buros publications, and instructions for using Buros publications, including Mental Measurements Yearbook and Tests in Print.
- Test Link: ETS Test Collection Database (Educational Testing Service)
The Test Collection at ETS (TestLink) is a database of more than 25,000 tests and other measurement devices most of which were created by authors outside ETS/ With information about tests from the early 1900s to the present, the Test Collection at ETS is the largest compilation in the world/
Some are available Tests in Microfiche (TIM), housed in the Wilson Library Reference Room (Microfiche Set 129). Only those identified as: Test Acronyms... TIM are available on microfiche. The microfiche are arranged numerically by the numbers given each title in the database. The other 19,000+ tests are available from ETS or other sources.
To obtain a list of the whole TIM Collection from the ETS Test Collection Database, select Test Acronyms as a search method & click search. Then enter TIM* in the search box.
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Library Search Engines, Indexes, & Databases with Test Information
- Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print
Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print, from the Buros Institute, contains the most recent descriptive information and critical reviews of new and revised tests from the Buros Institute's 9th and more recent Yearbooks. It offers evaluations of the latest assessments in education, psychology, business, law, healthcare, counseling, and management. In addition to test reviews, descriptions of the purpose, target population, administration, scores, price, author, and publisher for all listed tests are provided. Reviews are written by highly qualified professionals with expertise in a range of disciplines.
Beginning in 2010, the database provides a comprehensive record that combines the full text reviews with the citations from the print publications: Mental measurements yearbook; and: Tests in print.
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- Digital Dissertations
Dissertations and theses from over 1000 universities. Doctoral dissertations are indexed for almost all North American graduate schools and many European universities. Masters theses from selected schools only.
- ERIC (Access via Ebscohost)
This version of the ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) database is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education, and provides access to education-related journal and non-journal literature.
Going back to 1806, this is the most comprehensive database for psychological research. With a little guidance from this tutorial, you'll be able to go from a general idea to a very precise set of results of scholarly materials.
- Search Tip:
PsycInfo has a Tests & Measures field which can be searched. Select "More Fields" on the main PsycInfo search page.
This is the primary source of journal article for the health sciences. You can search MEDLINE and preMEDLINE databases with full text access to all MEDLINE e-journals subscribed to by the University of Minnesota TC Libraries. MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine's bibliographic database/article index that contains over 17 million references to journal articles. Coverage is from 1949 to the present. Over 5200 journals worldwide in over 37 languages are accessible.
- MNCAT Search Tips:
Many books contain information about educational & psychological tests. One way to search is to do a keyword search using the name of the test. Other search terms to use include: educational measurement, educational tests and measurements, occupational aptitude tests, personality assessment, psychological tests, psychiatric rating scales, psychometrics, scaling social sciences, and vocational interests testing.
Or, browse the book collections at --
BF 176 Psychological tests;
LB 3051 Educational tests and measures;
Z 5814 Educational and psychological tests - Bibliographies.
Test Preparation Information
- Test Critiques
Each volume published since 1991 includes about 100 critical reviews of commercial tests used in psychological assessment, business and education.
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