Tests and Measures

Common Questions about Tests and Measures found online

HOW CAN I FIND A MEASUREMENT SCALE, TEST OR QUESTIONNAIRE TO USE IN MY RESEARCH?

Consider whether you need a specific test that has been used before with your population. Do you have flexibility in your choice, as there are many different tests that measure the same constructs such as stress, anxiety, pain and you may want to compare various factors of the test to make a selection.

 

Test Characteristics to Consider:

  • Validity
  • Reliability
  • Previous Use in Relevant Populations
  • Readability/Language
  • Length/Ease of Use
  • Cost

These characteristics would be addressed in a test review resource or in the literature describing the development of the test. For a overview, see the American Psychological Association's FAQ on "Finding Information about Psychological Tests."

I FOUND A TEST ONLINE, CAN I USE IT IN MY DISSERTATION/THESIS RESEARCH?

As a researcher who may potentially publish your findings, you are responsible for ensuring that you have permission to use a test for your research. You will need to contact the author or publisher, identifying yourself and how you plan to use the test. While some tests may be used with permission at no charge, most psychological and educational tests must be purchased directly from the publisher -- in part this is so the publisher can first determine if the purchaser is qualified and competent to administer and interpret the test. 

Online Sources for Free Tests and Measures

Use these sources to find thousands of free tests and measures that are published in articles. Please note that you must usually contact the measure creator/copyright holder for permission to the measure in your research.

Information about Psychological/Social Reseach Methods

Below are reference books in the Library that offer information on psychological and social research methods. Search the library catalog or our ebooks for additional books on these topics.

Books with Tests and Measures