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Measures and Surveys and Scales, Oh My! - Finding Assessment Tools: APA PsycTEST

This guide will help dissertation students locate measuring instruments and psychometric information about them. The term, test, is used when referring to any type of instrument or tool, including measure, survey, questionnaire, scale, and interview.

Advanced Search? Go For It!

You can search PsycTEST using basic keywords, but the Advanced Search allows for more precise searching.

The available search fields change when you conduct a cross-database search. The options below demonstrate the features when you have limited your search to PsycTESTS only, so make sure that is the only database selected. The Look For section allows you to select searchable fields, described on the following page.


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The searchable fields in PsycTESTS are

  • Any Field: Yields results from all the searchable fields.
  • Administration Time: The time required to administer the test (e.g., 1 hour, 2–3 hours, 30–45 minutes).
  • Author: Author(s) of the test or source document.
  • DOI Number: the DOI registered with CrossRef for the PsycTESTS Master Record.
  • Index Terms: Controlled vocabulary applied from the Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms.
  • Keywords: Search three fields simultaneously—test name, index terms, and keywords (natural language words describing the document’s content).
  • Language: Indicates all languages in which the test is available.
  • Population: Detailed descriptions of the sample population. Examples: Institutionalized patients living in nursing homes; Undergraduates in Israel; Buddhists. Note that this is distinct from the Population Group limit, where you can search for six possible values: human, animal, male, female, inpatient, and outpatient.
  • Publisher: the name of the test publisher (generally for commercial tests only).
  • Purpose: A brief summary of what the test or measure is intended to assess.
  • Release Date: the date the Master Record was released into PsycTESTS.
  • Setting:The setting in which the test was administered. Examples: Hospital, Nursing Home, Nursery School.
  • Source Document Citation: Use this to find a specific article, book, or chapter used to create a test record. The full citation for the source document that describes the development, evaluation, or use of the test will be found in the Reported in field of the Test Development, Test Review, or Test Use record. However, search using only the book or chapter title, journal title, volume, or year.
  • Test Construct: The psychological construct being measured.
  • Test Name: The name of the testor its acronym. Either will bring results if the test is in the database. For tests with no names, trained APA staff have created a name for the purposes of PsycTESTS records.
  • Unique Identifier: an APA-generated unique identifying number for any PsycTESTS record: Master Records, Test Development, Test Review, Test Use, or Test Primary Data.

Only Show Content Where...

1. On the Advanced Search screen, you can easily limit your searches to full-text tests only:


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2. The Only Show Content Where section allows you to limit your search by known aspects:

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  • Fee: Indicates whether there is a fee for test use. Values are Yes, No, and Unknown. A “yes” generally indicates a commercial test publisher.
  • Test Record Type: Indicates the type of records available. There are four values: Test Development, Test Review, Test Use, and Test Primary Data.
  • Supporting Documentation: Answer Sheet, Instructor/Test Manual/Guide, Student/Study Guide, Test Materials, Directions/Instructions, Check Lists, Class Record Sheets, Norms/Analyses, Lessons with Tests, and Other.
  • Permissions: Indicates the copyright holder's guidelines for use of the test. Values are May Use for Research/Teaching, Contact Corresponding Author, Contact Publisher, Contact Publisher and Corresponding Author, and Not Specified.
  • Administration Method: Indicates the administration method of the test. Values are Paper, Electronic, Interview, Physical Object, and Other.
  • Age Group: Describes the age of the population in the test record document. Values are Childhood (birth to 12 yrs), Neonatal (birth to 1 mo), Infancy (2 to 23 mo), Preschool Age (2 to 5 yrs), School Age (6 to 12 yrs), Adolescence (13 to 17 yrs), Adulthood (18 yrs & older), Young Adulthood (18 to 29 yrs), Thirties (30 to 39 yrs), Middle Age (40 to 64 yrs), Aged (65 yrs & older), and Very Old (85 yrs & older).
  • Population Group: Indicates the population that the test was administered to as described in the source document. Values are Human, Animal, Female, Male, Inpatient, and Outpatient.

Understanding Your Results

When you are at the results list, you can reorder the results by clicking on the Sort by drop-down menu.

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Note that the test construct(s) appears with each result, so you can see at a glance the psychological construct(s) covered by each test.

Narrow Results By 

This at-a-glance overview of the search results gives you several options to quickly narrow your results to relevant records.

You may narrow your results by using the faceted search options on the left-hand rail. The 10 top results in each category are provided:

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Video Break!

Here's a quick how-to brought to you by APA PsycNet: