Introducing PsycTESTS®

Our new database repository for full text of psychological tests and measures and structured information about the tests will launch in September 2011.

In previous issues of PsycINFO News we've previewed the forthcoming PsycTESTS® database and given a report on the "Operation Test Derby" effort to collect tests for the collection.

At this point, APA is pleased to announce that the new resource will have a September 2011 release. The database will initially be available through the APA PsycNET® platform and will be subsequently available through other platforms.

About PsycTESTS

PsycTESTS serves as a repository for the full text of psychological tests and measures as well as a rich source of structured information about the tests. A wide variety of test types are included in PsycTESTS, including achievement and aptitude tests, intelligence tests, tests of cognitive functioning, occupational tests, personality tests, and so on.

At launch the database is projected to contain 5,000 records and will be updated monthly.

The database includes

  • The full text of psychological tests and measures, as available
  • Full bibliographic records and descriptive summaries of tests in each record
  • Descriptive summaries of commercially available tests with links to the publisher
  • A special interactive segment with tests from the Archives of the History of American Psychology, for which APA has not yet identified literature

Types of Tests

PsycTESTS includes three kinds of tests.

  • The main focus of PsycTESTS is unpublished tests, those developed by researchers for use in their work but not made commercially available. For as many as possible, APA includes the full text of the tests and measures. The records for these are based on published accounts of test development or evaluation. In some cases, the record is based on use of a test when it has been used for a new population or setting.
  • The second category is tests from the Archives of the History of American Psychology at the University of Akron. These tests may not be literature based.
  • The third category is commercially available tests. APA has agreements with several commercial test publishers to create records for their tests and, in some cases, to include sample reports, instructions, or sample questions.

All records in PsycTESTS are indexed and include fields for validity and reliability data (when available), test purpose, construct, format, number of items, and more.

Searching PsycTESTS

PsycTESTS will be integrated with the other APA databases available through APA PsycNET. Users can search the PsycTESTS database using the native interface or in conjunction with any of the other APA databases. They may also limit results to those records that have tests available.



PsycTESTS indexing provides a number of fields and limits specific to the database. Among the included fields are Author and Test Name, but researchers will also be able to search by such fields as Purpose, Test Construct, Administration Time, Population, Setting, and Source Document Citation. Researchers may also limit by Fee, Test Record Type, Supporting Documentation, Permissions, and Administration Method, among other options.

PsycTESTS Search Screen


On the APA PsycNET platform, users will be able to browse PsycTESTS in several ways: by Test Name/Acronym, Construct, Test Author, or Year.

PsycTESTS Browse Options


For example, here is the Browse By Construct page:

PsycTESTS Browse by Construct


Facets on the Results page will enable users to narrow a search by type of test, construct, author, test year, availability, index terms, and price.

Facets on PsycTESTS Results Screen


The PsycTESTS record display page includes a link to the test, when available, a description, and references. There may be multiple additional records describing

  • the development of the test
  • a review of the test
  • use of the test (only when use has revealed significant new information about the test)


PsycTESTS Record Display Example


Test Records describe the test profiled in the Master Record as it has been used, developed, or reviewed in the existing literature in PsycINFO® and provide additional metadata (a sample PsycTESTS record is available on the APA website for a more complete look at the available metadata).

PsycTESTS Test Development Record Example


Where available, links are also given to supporting documentation, including instructions and scoring sheets.

My PsycNET allows researchers to set up alerts for new content to PsycTESTS.

PsycTESTS Update Alerts from My PsycNET


Developing PsycTESTS

PsycTESTS is the result of extensive research to both design the database and find content for it. The APA team conferred with many librarians and end users at various meetings and in small groups whenever we could—including multiple discussions and focus groups at major library association meetings. We also did usability testing and assessed user needs at APA meetings with both graduate students and researchers.

Throughout the process, we have consulted with the APA Office for Testing and Assessment. Our goal has been to learn as much as we could about how people look for tests, what information they expect to find about the test, and what range of tests they look for. Through this iterative process, we've refined our data structure to facilitate search and retrieval in response to what we learned.

Call for Tests

Researchers who have tests they would like included in PsycTESTS should visit the Call for Tests page. For inclusion in the database, unpublished tests must have been described in a peer-reviewed journal article, dissertation, technical report, or book.

PsycTESTS Availability and Pricing

PsycTESTS will be available as an annual subscription on the APA PsycNET platform, and we are currently working with our vendor partners regarding delivery on their platforms as well. Pricing for the database is site-based and follows APA's existing tiered institutional model, serving higher education, primary and secondary schools, public libraries, hospitals, corporations, and government agencies.

As an example, 2011 list pricing for academic institutions, baccalaureate level or above ranges from $2,000 to $6,500 for established levels. Consortia discounts are available.

Complete pricing information will be available on our website and by contacting an APA representative at 1-877-236-2941 or 202-336-5648 or by email. Free 30-day trials will be available beginning in September.

Pricing for Higher Education Institutions — Baccalaureate Level or Above

Level Full-Time Equivalents APA Data Fee
1 Up to 2,499 $2,000
2 2,500-4,999 $2,750
3 5,000-9,999 $3,500
4 10,000-14,999 $4,250
5 15,000-19,999 $5,000
6 20,000-24,999 $5,750
7 25,000-59,999 $6,500
8 60,000+ Contact APA

PsycTESTS' Future

Beta testing for PsycTESTS is scheduled in July with a full launch planned for September. In addition to production of the records and completion of the changes to the platform, APA will be producing documentation, webinars, and other training materials.

ALA Annual meeting attendees will be able to view a demo of the database in the APA exhibit booth (#3340) in New Orleans.

To follow the latest developments, see the PsycTESTS Facebook page.