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Psychology

What is a psychological test?

Psychological tests are assessment tools frequently used in many fields of psychology. They are used to measure a range of variables related to psychology, such as intelligence, personality, or attitudes and so on, and they usually involve the analysis of a sample of behaviour. Tests are a standardised measurement instrument - they may be called an inventory, questionnaire, index, scale, checklist, profile or a test.

Test Reviews

Finding journal articles related to testing

You can search APA PsycINFO to find a journal article or a study that used tests for its research by following these steps, using the Advanced Search option:

In the first search box, type in your topic, or the name of the test you're interested in - say, "depression", or "Beck Depression Inventory"

In the second search box, type the word "appended" and change the 'Select a Field' option to 'Tests and Measures'.

Click Search.

This should retrieve a selection of articles which may have copies of related tests attached.

You can also search in Google Scholar - remember to set your Scholar Preferences to SCU so you can link to SCU full text.

Test Publishers

Finding tests on a particular subject

The Library does not hold copies of tests - tests are published commercially and are often restricted to trained or registered professionals - but we can help you locate test reviews and identify suitable tests for your research.

A test collection is held by the Psychology department at SCU's Coffs Harbour Campus. Contact Dr Belinda Barton at belinda.barton@scu.edu.au to see if the test is held and the conditions for administering the test.

Books

You can browse the library shelves for books about psychological testing at these call numbers:

  • 150.287   Testing and measurement
  • 153.93; 155.283   Intelligence or personality testing

You can search the library catalogue using keywords such as psychological assessment/measurement/testing/instruments/scale.

Key journals for psychological tests and measures