FAQ/Finding Information About Psychological Tests


The APA Science Directorate answers hundreds of calls and emails each year from persons trying to locate the right test or find more information about psychological tests. APA neither sells nor endorses testing instruments, but it does provide guidance in using available resources to find psychological tests. Answers to frequently asked questions are provided here.


Section 1: Published Psychological Tests
The first section contains information about published psychological tests — those available for purchase through a test publisher. It includes tips on how to locate tests within a given subject area, how to contact the test publisher once you find an appropriate test, and where to find computerized testing materials and information.

  • Finding Information on a Particular Test
  • Finding a Particular Type of Test
  • Locating a Specific Test
  • Locating Test Publishers
  • Purchasing Tests
  • Test References
  • Available Software and Scoring Services
  • Additional Information on the Proper Use of Tests

Section 2: Unpublished Psychological Tests and Measures
The second section focuses on unpublished psychological tests and measures — those that are not available commercially for purchase. Information about unpublished tests usually appears in journal articles. The test can usually be obtained directly from the researcher who created the test or measure. This section tells you how to find unpublished tests in your area of interest and highlights your responsibilities as a user of unpublished psychological tests.

  • PsycTESTS Database
  • Printed Directories
  • Other Directories

Section 3: A Final Word and Responsibilities of Test Users

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