Tests - General Information

Tests – General Information

(4170, 4000 and other undergraduate students should consult tests from the Compendia Tests category FIRST.)

    • One of the primary functions of the PRC is to administer, maintain and develop the Department’s Psychological Test Inventory. PRC staff can assist users in locating tests for research, clinical or academic applications.
      • Our test collection is divided into two categories:
      • The Psychology Resource Centre (PRC) has a collection of approximately 15,000 tests (alternately referred to as scales, measures, surveys, assessments, questionnaires, etc.).
      • Many of the *tests* themselves are not available on our website, but you can visit us in person to follow-up on accessing them.
      • Tens of thousands of tests exist, so “your” test may not be available in the PRC. If you can’t find your test, check out the Panic! page for a guide on how you may be able to locate it.

*(An on-going project of PRC staff  is to provide online links for those tests in the compendia volumes, journals or researchers’ websites, etc.  Keep in mind that links can change over time, so some may become ‘dead’ before we have had the opportunity to update them.)


Tests - Commercial & Compendia Information

Tests – Commercial & Compendia Information

To search for a specific Commercial or Compendia test, visit our catalogue.

4000, 4170, 4175 and other undergraduate students looking for Tests should search “Compendia Tests” FIRST.

4000 & 4170 Undergraduate Test Use Checklist”: Some items to include in your checklist, include, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Talking with your professor/ TA about whether the instrument is suitable for your project.
  • Getting Ethics approval for your project.
  • Getting the author’s/publisher’s permission to use the test.
  • Getting any training or certification that is required to administer the test properly.
  • Recruiting test subjects in a proper and ethical manner.
  • Finding an appropriate test environment.
  • Making arrangements for storing and analyzing your data.

Compendia Tests – In the PRC we designate non-commercial tests with the label Compendia -Tests. Test compendia volumes may provide you with the test itself or information about the test e.g. administration, scoring, reliability, validity, norms, source references, etc.

      • While the measures may be reprinted in the compendias or articles, the authors and/or the publishers retain ownership. Permission may still be required from the author and/or publisher – sometimes this is explicitly stated. If it is not you may want to contact the owner and / or speak with your course director.
      • The test compendia provide a wide array of personality, social psychological attitudes, marketing and consumer behaviour measures.
      • These tests tend to be shorter and easier to use.
      • Typically they were originally published by the researcher(s) in peer reviewed journals. They are more easily accessed and do not typically have fees associated with them to use.
      • PSYC-4000 and PSYC-4170 students should check out these tests first!
      • Tests that are referenced in various articles and not in the compendia or the source article may be obtained by contacting the researcher who created the test or measure directly.
      • Call numbers for those compendia also held by in the York library system are provided in our test legend.
      • If you find a test you are interested in, look up the Compendia acronym in the test legend and read the entry to see what information that particular compendia includes.
      • The “Type” fields will usually provide an indication if the entry contains the “Test” itself or just source information e.g. Source will provide the source reference – NOT the test ; Test will include the actual test with items.
      • These tests can be photocopied in the Resource Centre for 25 cents (cash/change, not copy card) per page.

Commercial Tests:

      • The test publishers hold the copyright to commercial tests, and they set policies which determine whether a user is qualified to use, administer, and interpret the test, based on the user’s level of training and education.
      • They are often clinical, longer, or more complex tests that have been standardized, have established norms and often have multiple parts and or manipulatives.
      • The PRC adheres to the publisher’s policies on test use. Therefore, some tests are restricted access – IQ tests, for example, usually require the user to be a licensed, accredited psychologist.
      • Tests have been assigned Qualification levels – A, B, and C or 1, 2, 3, – these are set by the individual publisher .
        • Some Level A and / or B test protocols (consumables – e.g. answer booklets) may be made available for purchase to undergraduates with a signed Test Authorization or e-mail from their Course Director. Photcopying of any part of  “Commercial Tests” are not permitted in the PRC.
          • Level C – a licensed, accredited psychologist
          • Level B – post-graduate training
          • Level A – an undergraduate degree or courses/ training in testing.
        • journal articles/web site sources DO NOT REQUIRE any prior Course Director authorization as they are in the public domain.
      • Costs of consumables will be listed in the Inventory section of each commercial test description. These prices can differ from time of purchase, please check with PRC staff.
      • Click here to find Commercial Tests
Tests - Usage & Pricing

Usage and pricing depends on two things: who you are and whether the test is a commercial test or a compendia test.

Who are you?

      • I’m a York PSYC-4000 or PSYC-4170 undergraduate student:
      • If you’re completing coursework or supervised research some of the psychological testing materials may be made available to you. Keep in mind that some tests are restricted access due to publisher policies.
      • If you wish to examine or use a commercial test from the PRC test, you must be working with a departmental faculty member who is responsible for supervising your use of the test, its’ administration, scoring, and interpretation.
      • It is the faculty member’s responsibility to make sure ethical and legal standards are maintained.
      • Review the “4000 & 4170 Undergraduate Test Use Checklist
      • Take a look The Psychology Departments page on Research Ethics and this page.
      • For commercial tests, the faculty member must sign an Authorization Form (it can also be picked up at the PRC) which authorizes you to examine or use the test(s). The authorization will usually enable you to purchase one copy of the questionnaire.
      • The scoring templates, manuals, and other parts of the test can only be used inside the PRC.
      • Make sure that you are absolutely comfortable and understand how to administer, score and interpret the test BEFORE administering it for your research project.
        • You may want to try a few trial administrations – on yourself or a few friends!
      • Make sure you leave yourself enough time to get authorization!
      • You may access compendia tests without prior faculty authorization. However, you will want to get your course director’s or TAs OK for use of the test(s) in your research.
      • Commercial Tests and compendia volumes cannot be signed out.

I’m a York psychology graduate student:

      • If you’re learning to administer and interpret psychological tests in one of York Psychology’s various graduate assessment/psycho-diagnostic courses or in the YUPC, you will likely need to use tests from the PRC.
      • You can access psychological testing materials at a level corresponding to your educational experience and needs.
      • Tests may not be borrowed for use in practicum/internship settings, or for private practice or consulting purposes unless approved by the Faculty Coordinator.
      • Generally tests can be signed out for 48 hours.

I’m a York psychology faculty member:

      • Generally tests can be signed out for 48 hours

I’m none of the above:

Non-York members, Non-Psychology faculty, and students from other departments are generally not allowed access to testing materials held by the PRC.

      • Exceptions require the approval of the Faculty Coordinator and are handled on a case by case basis.

CONFUSED?  about tests or using PRC tests? Check out the Panic! page, come visit us in the PRC in 160 BSB, or contact us here.

Psychological Tests


Please find below links to many organizations, websites, and tools that provide access to tests; information about tests; and other resources.

PsycTESTS [electronic resource] / American Psychological Association – “PsycTESTS is a research database that provides access to psychological tests, measures, scales and other assessments as well as descriptive and administrative information.” – Access via the York University library website. See the “Psychology” Subject Research Guide here

Also see this APA guide: “Getting Started with PsycTESTS”  http://www.apa.org/pubs/databases/training/psyctests-on-psycnet.pdf


FAQ/Finding Information About Psychological Tests – The APA provides guidance and answers to frequently asked questions on using and finding psychological tests.

Links to Other Testing-Related Sites


Useful tools for quick calculations when doing psychological assessments. examples: age calculator, conversions from standard scores.



The Test Collection at ETS is a library of more than 25,000 tests and other measurement devices that makes information on standardized tests and research instruments available to researchers, graduate students, and teachers. Collected from the early 1900s to the present, the Test Collection at ETS is the largest such compilation in the world.


ERICAE.NET is a clearinghouse for educational assessment, evaluation and research methodology.


Access test reviews online via http://buros.unl.edu/buros/jsp/search.jsp

Mental Measurements Yearbook (N.B. MMYB database is available via York University’s library) print or on-line. Newer editions of MMYB do not supersede older editions, but supplement and expand on them.

Tests in Print   provides a listing of “commercially available tests that are currently in print”.

Search both Alphabetically or by Category as well as by
Author, Title; Publisher; Purpose; Scores; Acronym

PROF. R. OKADA  “PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS FOR STUDENT USE” – purpose of this York professor’s web page is to provide student researchers with easy access to a number of psychological tests. These tests are copyrighted but the test authors have given their permission to have these tests downloaded and used by student researchers. In general, the name of the test gives a good idea of what the test measures. In instances where this is not obvious, a short description is provided.   http://www.yorku.ca/rokada/psyctest/


Caveat lector: Let the reader beware – Links provided below are not intended to be an endorsement of the content or tests. Users must use their judgment in establishing the validity, authorship, currency, and integrity of what you find and ultimately use. 4170 and 4000 students should always get the approval and / or authorization from their course director, supervisor or TA before using or administering any test(s).

      • Psych Central is the Internet’s largest and oldest independent mental health social network created and run by mental health professionals for over 13 years. Psych Central has its roots in indexing online support groups, starting in the summer of 1991. Launched in January 1995 as Psych Central: John Grohol’s Mental Health Page. Regularly maintained by Dr. Grohol and a staff of contributing editors, it is one of the Net’s best information sources for mental health information, as well as providing annotated guides to the most useful websites, newsgroups, and mailing lists online today in mental health, psychology, social work, and psychiatry.
      • Psychological Tests and Quizzes /by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. – All of the quizzes offered are free and most have been scientifically reviewed. They are instantly and automatically scored once completed, giving you immediate results. You can also store your scores, to help you track your progress over time.
      • Top Ten On-line Psychology Experiments – a list of the best online psychology tests. Some of these are used to collect data for research experiments, while others are skill tests or quizzes that offer personal insights.
      • Face Recognition Homepage – aims to provide scientists with the relevant information in the area of face recognition. This page is intended to be an information pool for the face recognition community. Its goal is to provide an entry point for novices as well as a centralized information resource to concentrate face recognition and related scientific efforts. http://www.face-rec.org/databases/
      • Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania provides information on and downloadable copies of a number of questionnaires. “Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive.
        • The Positive Psychology Center promotes research, training, education, and the dissemination of Positive Psychology. This field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play.”
        •  e.g. Attributional Style Questionnaire (ASQ) ; Curiosity and Exploration Inventory (CEI); Gratitude Questionnaire – 6 (GQ-6) ; Hope Scale (HS) ; Inspiration Scale (IS); Meaning in Life Questionnaire (MLQ); Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS); Older Adults’ Attributional Style Questionnaire (OAASQ) ; Personal Growth Initiative Scale (PGIS); Psychological Well-Being Scales; Quality of Life Inventory (QOLI); Satisfaction with Life Scale; Silver Lining Questionnaire (SLQ) ; State-Trait-Cheerfulness Inventory (STCI); Subjective Happiness Scale (SHS); Transgression-Related Interpersonal Motivations Inventory (TRIM); VIA Inventory of Strengths (VIA-IS)
      • Promoting Excellence In-End-of-Life Care – A collection of Key Clinical Assessment and Research Tools frequently used in palliative care. Full text or source information is provided.
      • International Personality Item Pool (IPIP) – A Scientific Collaboratory for the Development of Advanced Measures of Personality and Other Individual Differences. ~ Mission Statement ~ This IPIP Website is intended to provide rapid access to measures of individual differences, all in the public domain, to be developed conjointly among scientists worldwide. Later, the site may include raw data available for reanalysis; in addition, it should serve as a forum for the dissemination of psychometric ideas and research findings. https://ipip.ori.org/
      • Social-Personality Psychology / Questionnaire Instrument Compendium (QIC) – Maintained by Alan Reifman, Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, Texas Tech University
        – links to pages where (a) the full instrument is shown, and (b) the instrument was put on the web by the person who created the instrument, thus ensuring that the instrument was intended to be put into the public domain.  http://www.webpages.ttu.edu/areifman/qic.htm
      • University of Cambridge, Department of Psychiatry, School of Clinical Medicine, ARC –  Various tests have been devised by ARC for use in research. Some of these tests are made available for download and use provided that they are used for genuine research purposes, and you provide due acknowledgement of ARC as the source. Including many Autism and Asperger’s measures, as well as, Cambridge Mindreading (CAM) Face-Voice Battery –testing recognition of 20 complex emotions and mental states from faces and voices  ; Eyes Test (Child and Adult); Faces Test; Reading the Mind in the Voice Test – these tests include actual images. http://www.autismresearchcentre.com/arc_tests
      • Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services (CHIPTS) – A collection of scales & surveys for download (broken down into diverse sub-categories like: Attachment; Financial Situation; Personal Traits; Quality of life; Social, etc).  http://chipts.ucla.edu/resources/?category=6
      • Substance Use Screening Assessment Instruments Database – ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE INSTITUTE, University of Washington – This database is intended to help clinicians and researchers find instruments used for screening and assessment of substance use and substance use disorders. Some instruments are in the public domain and can be freely downloaded from the web; others can only be obtained from the copyright holder. We don’t provide copies of instruments, but links to contact and availability information are included if known.
      • BBC science and nature: surveys and psychological tests  – A range of surveys and psychological tests.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/mind/index_surveys.shtml
      • RAND Health Surveys and Tools: RAND Health has produced many practical surveys and tools for improving quality of care. Many are available,  organized by topic. All of the surveys and tools from RAND Health are public documents, available without charge (for non-commercial purposes).
      • HSRR (Health Services and Science Research Resources):Produced by the National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology. Provides information about research datasets and instruments/indices used in Health Services Research, Behavioral and Social Sciences, and Public Health.  https://hsrr.nlm.nih.gov/?cf_redirect=t
      • Traumatology Institute at Tulane University (New Orleans) – Dr. Charles Figley – A collection of
        tests and assessments that measure various aspects of traumatization:
      • Bright Futures – Part of a mental health guide from Bright Futures is the Mental Health Tool Kit. The tool kit is a companion volume of tools to assist health professionals in screening, education, and health care management. The tool kit includes handouts for families on issues ranging from sibling adjustment to recognizing symptoms of depression. Jellinek, M., Patel, B.P. & Froehle, M.C. (Eds.) (2002). Bright Futures in Practice: Mental Health—Volume II, Tool Kit. Georgetown: National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health, Georgetown University. See: http://www.brightfutures.org/mentalhealth/pdf/index.html
      • University of Pittsburgh, Department of Psychiatry “Assessment Tools Developed by Department Faculty” – Several research assessment instruments have been developed and validated by researchers in the Department of Psychiatry. As a service to students, residents, post-doctoral fellows, and academic researchers, access based on the permitted usage guidelines for each instrument is provided via this web page. e.g. KSADS-PL.   http://psychiatry.pitt.edu/research/investigator-resources/assessment-instruments
      • University of California, Berkeley, The Greater Good Science Center – Several quizzes with practical tips for cultivating positive emotions and stronger relationships (altruism, gratitude, EQ, etc.) . http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/quizzes/
      • ALL THE TESTS – A collection of Internet tests in more than 20 different categories –  Fun, Personality, IQ tests, Love and Relationship, Quizzes, Fan Tests., Career. These are “fun”, self-knowledge type tests. http://allthetests.com/
      • iVillage – collection of pop, “fun”, health , relationship and life style quizzeshttp://www.ivillage.com/search?q=quizzes&type=Quizzes
      • PSYCHOLOGY TODAY – Test yourself – “fun” type tests on:Career / Health / IQPersonality / Relationshipshttp://www.psychologytoday.com/tests
      • SEARCH ENGINES – YAHOO.COM / GOOGLE.CA / BING.COM – try various search engines using search general and specific terms like:- psychology tests
        – psychology tests printable
        – psychology tests online
        – psychology experiments
        – learning style surveys
        – personality tests
        – Etc. using terms you need …


Tests - Evaluation, Finding, Assessing and/or Modifying

Tests – Evaluation, Finding, Assessing and  / or Modifying

Rudner, Lawrence M. (1994). Questions to ask when evaluating tests. Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation, 4(2). Retrieved August 5, 2010 from http://PAREonline.net/getvn.asp?v=4&n=2http://pareonline.net/getvn.asp?v=4&n=2

YouTube link is http://youtu.be/zZBIsi02NQ4
APA website link is http://bit.ly/1gHg7M0

YouTube link is http://youtu.be/zZBIsi02NQ4
APA website link is http://bit.ly/1gHg7M0

See this APA guide: “Getting Started with PsycTESTShttp://www.apa.org/pubs/databases/training/psyctests-on-psycnet.pdf

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