PsycTESTS®

An unparalleled resource for the discovery and use of psychological measures, scales, and instrumentation tools
PsycTESTS

Highlights

PsycTESTS PsycTESTS now includes nearly 30,000 records
Since its launch in 2011 with about 2,200 records, this one-of-a-kind repository is now a trusted resource among researchers looking for psychological measurement tools.
Overview

A one-of-a-kind resource for measurement and instrumentation tools

Professionally indexed, the PsycTESTS® database is an extensive collection of psychological measures, scales, surveys, and other instruments essential to the research needs of professionals, students, and educators across the behavioral and social sciences.

Focused on a collection of instrumentation tools developed for research but not made commercially available, PsycTESTS helps researchers easily find scales and measures for their own use. PsycTESTS in an indispensable resource for researchers looking to conduct, create, or measure research in multiple fields of study.

Key benefits of PsycTESTS

  • Helps researchers avoid "reinventing the wheel" by exposing thousands of research instruments, the majority of which are available for immediate download, and include reliability and validity information
  • An ideal starting point for researchers initiating new research projects, with the availability of multiple measures, research instruments, and test types in a variety of subject areas
  • Fills virtually any need by indexing a wide variety of test types and measurement instruments—including aptitude tests, personality scales, and cognitive functioning measures

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Access Options

APA Members & Individuals

PsycTESTS is one of several APA research databases available through the following APA PsycNET® personal subscription options:

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Librarians & Institutional Representatives

PsycTESTS is available for institutional site license directly from APA via the APA PsycNET® platform.

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Quick Facts
Database Type Bibliographic, plus full text and multimedia. (76% of test records contain the actual test or test items.)
Record Types

Descriptive summaries of the test and its development and administration, mostly drawn from articles in peer-reviewed journals or books, with downloadable tests.

The Master Test Profile summarizes the test and provides purpose and construct; records for development, review, or use provide additional details.

Record Format HTML, PDF, some multimedia and computer software
Sources for Tests
  • Directly from authors
  • Peer reviewed journals
  • Books and handbooks
  • Dissertations
  • Websites
  • The Archives of the History of American Psychology Test Collection
  • Commercial test publishers (descriptive information only)
Number of Records 29,729 Master Profiles and 19,536 instances of actual tests or test items
Multiple Records

Some tests have multiple records. There may be a development and a review article for a single test, for example.

  • Test Development: 27,378
  • Test Review: 1,609
  • Test Use: 1,413
  • Test Primary Data (commercial and Archives): 1,167
Additional Information In addition to information on number of items, test format, administration method, and so on, 518 records contain Supporting Documentation, such as answer sheets, instructions, guides, check lists, or record sheets.
Permissions A permissions field alerts users to the tests they can use for research or teaching without formal permission. Other options include contacting the author and/or the publisher. The majority of tests in the database can be used without formal permission.
Update Frequency Updated Monthly
Coverage Dates 1896 to present. 70% are from 2000 and later; 84% are from 1990 and later.
Content Coverage

A diverse array of subject areas and types of tests.

Examples:

  • Developmental Measures
  • Scales for Beliefs, Relationships, or Expectancies
  • Aggression, Coping, or Functional Status Questionnaires
  • Racial and Ethnic Identity Scales
  • Resilience, Anger Response, or Substance Abuse Inventories
  • Physical Health Related Assessments
  • Personality Assessments
  • Educational Measures
  • Neuropsychological Assessments
  • Aptitude and Achievement Measures
  • Competency Measures
  • Occupational Measures
  • Intelligence Tests
  • Military Tests

The PsycTESTS® database is produced and copyrighted by the American Psychological Association (APA). All rights reserved.

Information current as of July 2015

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  • Search Guides – platform-specific training materials, including Quick Reference Guides
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Documentation
  • PsycINFO News – newsletter about APA Databases
  • Classification Codes – categorizing database content by primary subject matter
  • Field Guide – quick definitions of the fields in APA Databases
  • Record Structures – in-depth information on the searchable fields in: