What's in this guide?
Psychological tests (or mental measurements) are standardized evaluations administered to measure psychological variables such as intelligence, cognitive ability, personality, or emotional functioning. Tests can use written, visual or verbal methods, and are commonly used in the fields of psychology, education and management.
This guide is intended to provide information on doing three things:
- help identify tests suitable for particular research questions (Identify Tests)
- help find information about a known test (Test Information)
- help determine if a test is available at York University (Is the Test @ York)
A few words on language used to describe tests:
- Commercial (published) tests: These tests are sold and distributed exclusively by test publishers. Commercial test publishers generally only sell these tests directly to researchers who are qualified to administer and interpret the tests. Some of the most popular (and reliable) tests are commercial tests. Commercial tests are NOT collected by the York University Libraries; however the Psychology Resource Centre (BSB 160) maintains a collection of psychological tests (available to psychology faculty, graduate students and 4th year undergraduate thesis students). Although these tests are often difficult to obtain, the York University Libraries have reference sources that can help you: 1) identify tests that measure specific variables (Identify Tests); or 2) find reviews and other information on specific tests (Test Information).
- Non-commercial (unpublished) tests: These tests are created for non-commercial research purposes and are often published in journal articles or collected in published volumes (compendia). PsycTESTS provides access to a large number of tests. Non-commercial tests are generally easier to obtain because they are published in accessible sources and because there are usually no conditions placed on the qualifications of the researcher using them.