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Important Note About Tests and Measures

Psychological measures (tests, scales, inventories, etc.) can be difficult to obtain without paying a fee. Most often, you need to purchase the test from a commercial publisher or the test's author.

If you wish to acquire a test for educational purposes, you may be able to obtain a copy free of charge; however, this still entails contacting the publisher or author and stating your purpose for the test.

Occasionally, a test will be included with a journal article or printed in part or in full in books.

  • 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.

  • Tests & Measures in the Social Sciences A service of the University of Texas, this is an index to compilations of tests available in many libraries. The site was designed as an aid to locate tests, measures, instruments, etc. when there is a known title or author and a copy of the test is desired

Test Instruments and Surveys

Finding Articles with Tests - Suggested Databases

Suggested Print Sources

You will find books on various tests listed in IUCATUse author or test name searches when looking for a specific instrument. A keyword search using "tests" will identify and retrieve test titles or resources about tests. When looking for a specific category of tests, a subject search is best. Subject headings most frequently used for locating tests are:

  • Achievement Tests
  • Intelligence Tests
  • Psychological Tests
  • Personality Tests
  • Educational Tests and Measures
  • Norm-referenced Tests
  • Character Tests
  • Psychometrics
  • Examinations

Request ThisWhen you find a book in IUCAT that isn't at IUPUI, but is available at another IU library, simply click the Request This button and log in with your IUPUI username and passphrase. Most books arrive within 4-7 working days and can be picked up at University Library's 2nd floor Service Desk