September 12, 2011

American Psychological Association Releases PsycTESTS®, a New Repository for Psychological Tests and Measures

A simple solution for libraries and their patrons looking for access to test content

Washington, DC—The American Psychological Association (APA) announces the release of its new database, PsycTESTS®.  This new resource joins APA’s suite of renowned research databases, providing a simple yet comprehensive solution for libraries and their patrons looking for access to test content. PsycTESTS will be updated monthly and includes over 2,200 indexed test records, with more than 1,500 ready-to-use instruments.

PsycTESTS is a research database that provides access to an abundance of full-text psychological tests, measures, scales, and other assessments as well as descriptive and administrative information for each. PsycTESTS spans the full breadth of assessment in psychological research including neuropsychological tests, personality assessments, skills and proficiency tests, and IQ and aptitude scales and measurements. The majority of the test records found in PsycTESTS are research instruments which are available for immediate use. The database also covers select commercially published tests, and provides direct links to their respective publisher sites.  All test records in PsycTESTS are created by skilled indexers with deep knowledge of the psychology literature.

“PsycTESTS is an ideal resource for students, librarians, researchers, and practitioners,” remarks Gary R. VandenBos, PhD, APA Publisher. “It goes a long way towards facilitating research and practice in the field of psychology and behavioral science.”

Available tests include those compiled from a systematic review of peer-reviewed journals published by APA, Hogrefe Publishing Group, and other large publishers; technical reports from PsycEXTRA®; contributions from individual test authors; collections from the Archives of the History of American Psychology; and more. Tests are available as printable PDFs, or as images, audio, or software for easy download and display. Records include information on the scope of the test, test implementation, a high-level overview of the test's development, and reliability and validity data.

“PsycTESTS fills an immediate need for a variety of full-text psychological tests, measures and assessments to be available and easily accessible. It will make finding relevant tests easier and more efficient,” stated Linda Beebe, the Senior Director of PsycINFO.

PsycTESTS will be available through APA PsycNET® as well as through several of APA’s current vendor partners. Those interested in previewing PsycTESTS or registering for a free 30-day trial are encouraged to visit the webpage for more information. 

The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world's largest association of psychologists. APA's membership includes more than 154,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting health, education, and human welfare.