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A guide to finding instruments, test, and measures in the social sciences.
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What are tests & measures?

" the methodology that deals with designs, administrations, and interpretations of measurement on individuals’ constructs such as abilities, attitudes, personality, knowledge..." Tests & measures are the instruments, surveys, questionnaires and more designed to assess these constructs.

Quote by Hua-Hua Chang in the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. Ed. William A. Darity, Jr.. 2nd ed. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008. p587-590.


Getting started

This is a guide to finding social sciences and education tests and measures and questionnaires and scales and surveys and inventories. If you would like to see resources added, please let me know.


Commercial vs unpublished tests & measures

Tests are either commercial (i.e. published) or unpublished.

Commercial tests are available for purchase, tend to be easier to locate, and may be more valid and reliable. Click on the tab labeled Commercial tests & measuresfor details on how to identify and locate commercial tests and measures. Note, however, that not all tests are readily available. In order to obtain and administer many published* psychological tests (commercial tests), one must be a licensed professional or meet certain criteria; also, many published tests are only available through purchase.

Unpublished tests can be more difficult to find and are more likely to have issues with reliability and validity. They may be found compiled in books, developed and used in journal articles, or on the web. Click on the tab labeled Unpublished tests & measures for details on how to identify and locate unpublished tests and measures.

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