Psychology

Psychological tests

Using psychological tests

General points on test location and selection

There are various ways of locating tests. As well as looking at the list of  psychological tests held by the department you can do a keyword search (for example  'anxiety', 'anger', 'body image') using library databases  such as Web of Science or PsycINFO and also try searching the web using appropriate keywords.

There are a number of web sites which give information about using psychological tests, for example the APA site or the British Psychological Society's Psychological Testing Centre have links to various sources of information.

Tests fall into two categories: those that are made freely available by researchers and commercial tests. A reference to the first type of test is usually a book chapter or journal article; for the second type it will be to a manual published by a commercial organisation.

Full details of freely available (public domain) tests can be usually be found by consulting the relevant article; if full details are not given, you may be able obtain extra materials (for example a list of test items) by contacting the author by email. Commercially published tests must NOT be photocopied or scanned and if you wish to use these tests you should consult with your supervisor on the availability of funds to use a specific test. Often a literature search will produce a public domain equivalent of a commercial test.

Reference works about tests and scales

Print copies of these works are held in the Psychology  and Philosophy Library.

  • Robinson, John P; Shaver, Phillip R and Wrightsman, Lawrence S (Eds) (1991) Measures of personality and social psychological attitudes.
  • Boyle, Gregory J; Saklofske, Donald H and Matthews, Gerald (Eds) (2015) Measures of personality and social psychological constructs.
  • Strauss, Esther; Sherman, Elizabeth M S and Spreen, Otfried (2006) A Compendium of neuropsychological tests : administration, norms and commentary. 3rd edition.
  • Lezak, Muriel; Howieson, Diane B ; Bigler, Erin D and Tranel, Daniel (2012) Neuropsychological assessment. 5th edition.
  • Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print.

Psychological  testing resources on the web