Test & Assessments

Subject Guides

The Library has many electronic and print resources to support the test & assessment courses.

In addition to traditional resources, we maintain a small collection of commercially produced tests. This test collection is restricted to authorized borrowers only (SMC School of Education and Psychology faculty and currently registered SMC students in the test and assessment courses). Tests are identified in Albert, the Library's online catalog.

Test Collection Policy 

Use of the SMC commercial test collection is restricted to authorized students enrolled in specific courses.

Students enrolled in COUN 240, EDUC 541 or SPED 299 and the School Psychology Program:

Click here to browse the SMC Test Collection

Click here to browse the additional collection available only to School Psychology students

Click here to obtain a copy of the Test Collection Policy.

Lists and describes commercially published tests produced or revised in English. Includes critical reviews of tests and references to publications on the tests. Includes Tests in Print. Content in the database is incomplete. For complete content see Mental Measurements Yearbooks (Ref 371.26 B937) and Tests in Print (Ref 371.26 B937t).


Often research articles will contain review information (including validity & reliablity) about specific tests or assessments. The most useful databases to find these types of articles are:

Reference Guides and Handbooks

The key reference resources for testing materials in education, counseling and psychology are:

Tests in Print (Ref 371.26 B937t) & Mental Measurements Yearbook (Ref 371.26 B937) Also available online in the

Lists and describes commercially published tests produced or revised in English. Includes critical reviews of tests and references to publications on the tests. Six indexes include title, acronym, classified subject, publishers, names, and score.

Test Critiques. (Ref. 371.26 K523) Kansas City, MO : Test Corporation of America, c1984-

Another source for test reviews and critiques. Use the index at the end of the most recent volume to locate a test critiques in previous volumes.


For general background information about test and assessment concepts, see Online Reference Sources, such as:

Gale Virtual Reference & Sage Knowledge


Also check out our print collection:

Encyclopedia of Social Measurement. (Ref 300.72 K324) 3 vols. Boston: Elsevier Academic, 2005. "Presents a comprehensive summary of observational frameworks and mathematical models, and also offer tools, background information, qualitative methods, and guidelines for structuring the research process. Articles include examples and applications of research strategies and techniques, highlighting multidisciplinary options for observing social phenomena".

Sage Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods. (Ref 300.72 L589) 3 vols. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2004. Encyclopedic coverage of social science research featuring "two major types of entries: definitions, consisting of a paragraph or two, provide a quick explanation of a methodological term; and topica treatments or essays discussing the nature, history, application/example and implication of using a certain method. Also included are suggested readings and references for future study".

Educational Measurement. (Ref 371.26 L649) 3rd ed. Phoenix: Oryx, 1993. Sponsored jointly by the National Council on Measurement in Education and the American Council on Education, this work covers general principles in educational measurement as well as pragmatic applications and test construction.

ETS Test Collection Catalog. (Ref 371.26 Ed83) 5 vols. Phoenix: Oryx, 1986-1991. Vol. I Achievement Tests; Vol. 2 Vocational Tests; Vol. 3. Tests for Special Populations; Vol. 4 (unavailable); Vol. 5 Attitude Tests. Descriptive and ordering information is provided for each test included. The complete ETS Catalog available via the Internet at http://www.ets.org/testcoll/index.html.

Guide to 85 Tests for Special Education. (Ref 371.26 C739) Belmont: Fearon Education, 1990. Includes academic; perception, memory and visual-motor; speech and language; bilingual; gross and fine motor; and general intelligence tests and scales.

Handbook of Family Measurement Techniques. (Ref 371.26 T643a) Newbury Park, CA: Sage, 2001. Covers over 975 instruments arranged by five primary categories: dimensions of interaction within families, intimacy and family values, parenthood, roles and power, and adjustment. Provides information on availability, variables measured and the type of instrument, short descriptions, sample items, comments, and article references and reviews. Includes indexes by authors, title, and subject classification.

Handbook of Multicultural Assessment: Clinical, Psychological, and Educational Applications. (Ref 371.26 Su99) San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1996. Covers general issues of assessment with multicultural populations, as well as specific concerns for educational assessment with diverse learners.

Handbook of Psychological Assessment.  (Ref 155.28 G915c) 5th ed. New York: Wiley, 2009. A reference guide for those conducting psychological assessments. Helps one determine appropriate strategies for assessment (interviewing, observing, testing), as well as provides general overviews of the seven most frequently used tests. Also gives guidelines for psychological report writing and report formats, and provides four sample reports. Helpful appendices and extensive bibliography. Includes subject and author indexes. An older edition can be found at (2nd floor, 153.93 Sp78).

Measures for Clinical Practice: A Sourcebook. (2nd floor, 153.93 F523m) 3rd ed. 2 vols. New York: Free Press, 2000. Collection of short, easily-scored measurements for use with couples, families, children, and adults with problems outside the context of the family. Covers most problems seen in clinical practice, and includes an introduction to basic principles of measurement and an overview of different types of measures.

Sex and Gender Issues: A Handbook of Tests and Measures. (Ref 155.28 B392) New York: Greenwood, 1990. Describes nearly 200 scales covering topics that range from eating disorders to pregnancy and childbirth to sexuality. Gives sample items, variables intended to measure, descriptions, ways to administer, scoring techniques, reliability and validity, availability, and references to research using the scale. Indexes are by scale title, scale authors, variables measured, and scale users.

Test Critiques. (Ref 371.26 K523) 10 vols. Kansas City: Test Corporation of America, 1984-94. Companion volumes to Tests (below). Discusses practical applications and uses of each test, and contains critical reviews.

Tests: A Comprehensive Reference for Assessments in Psychology, Education and Business. (Ref 371.26 M264a) 4th ed. Austin: Pro-Ed, 2003. Lists and describes 3,500 tests in English, and identifies the publisher or distributor of each. Does not contain critical reviews.

APA's Statement on Psychological Tests - From the APA's Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment (CPTA).

Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education - A text document that outlines the practices prepared by the Joint Committee on Testing Practices.

Code of Professional Responsibilities in Educational Measurement - From the National Council on Measurement in Education.

Competencies in Assessment and Evaluation for School Counselors - Approved by the American School Counselor Association and by the Association for Assessment in Counseling.

ETS Test Locator - ..."an extensive library of 20,000 tests and other measurement devices from the early 1900s to the present."

Fair Test: The National Center for Fair and Open Testing - An advocacy organization focusing on flaws in the current testing system. Includes news, essays, and more.

Internet Resources for Higher Education Outcomes Assessment - From the University of North Carolina, a link to assessment related topics. There is a link to discussion lists, to full text materials on policies and other resources, links to other universities' pages, and links to accrediting bodies and processes. Updated frequently.

Joint Committee on Testing Practices - From the American Psychological Association, a description of their organization, publications, projects, and future conventions.

National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME) - Organizational information, listservs, publications, news, and more.

TCRecord.org: Assessment and Evaluation - An excellent directory of resources.

Psychology Web Resources

ETS Test Collection - ..."includes an extensive library of 20,000 tests and other measurement devices from the early 1900s to the present."

Tests and Measurements (SDSU) - A bibliography of sources, with instruments. Many of these books can be ordered through Link+.

Tests and Measurements in the Social Sciences - A bibliography of sources, with instruments. Search Albert or Link+ to find the actual material. From the University of Texas at Arlington.

Looking for a Particular Test or Measurement? Many "unpublished" surveys and instruments are found in books, journal articles and dissertations.

How to use PsycInfo to find tests and measures in journal articles

To find books in the Saint Mary's Library collection that contain actual tests (instruments), search Albert. Search by keyword, for example assessment* and instruments OR by subject headings, such as:


  • Psychological tests — Instruments
  • Educational tests and measurements — Instruments
  • Marketing research — Instruments
  • Consumer behavior — Research — Instruments
  • Health surveys — Instruments
  • Communication — Research — Instruments


The University of Texas maintains a more comprehensive online bibliography of books which contain instruments. Search Tests and Measurements in the Social Sciences - then search Albert or Link+ to find the book that contains the instrument that interest you.

The instructions for using the University of Texas resource are:

Quick Search using UT Arlington (host) web site [powered by Google]
1. Limit to TMdb Pages: search UTA's Web Site and include TMdb as one of your keywords. (Ex: perinatal grief TMdb)
2. Search for author last names, no first names included. (Ex: John W. Brown, Jr. listed as Brown Jr JW)
3. For "subject" type searching, always consider searching with other synonyms (Ex: learning OR teaching OR educating)
Once a contents page has been identified, use your browser's toolbar to EDIT, then FIND a keyword on the page.
The RefShare full records has equivalent information.