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Tests and Measures  

Last Updated: Dec 30, 2013 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts

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Types of Tests

Tests and measures are tools that can be used for diagnosing, researching, and assessing phenomena in the social sciences, education, and health.

Instruments are either published or unpublished.  

When we talk about tests being published that means that they are owned by and available through commercial publishers.  These tests need to be purchased from the publisher. 

When we say that a test is unpublished this doesn't mean that it is unavailable in print.  It means that it is not a test that you will find through commercial publishers.  Unpublished tests often appear in journal articles, books, and dissertations.

Tests and measures can be any of the following:

Assessments Questionnaires
Interviews Ratings
Inventories Scales
Measurement Surveys
Measures Tests

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