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EDCO 5242: Finding Tests and Measurements: Use of Tests/Measures

Use of Tests and Measures

Suggestions for Getting A Copy of That Test or Measurement

"Can I get a copy of this test for free?" I wouldn't bet on it, but it's possible. If the test is available commercially, you WILL have to buy it. You may want to try some or all of the following options. Not all of these are guaranteed of having the test you need, but there are some places to check.

  • Some, not all, tests are available at the ASIST National Auxiliary Publications Service. Their phone number is 516.481.2300. You can mail requests for purchase to Burrows, 248 Hempstead Turnpike, West Hempstead, NY 11552.
  • ETS tests can be ordered through the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08540, 609.734.5689, email: library@ets.org
  • Some authors may give you a copy of their measurements (stranger things have happened, but not likely for any commercially available test.) Contact the author to see if they will let you have a copy of their test.
  • There are a couple of document depositories which may have a copy of a test available. Select Press (415.924.1616) or American Document Institute (202.707.5661)

Responsible Use of Tests and Measures

There are several important things to keep in mind regarding the search and use of tests and measurements:

  1. Nearly all tests and measurements are copyrighted, including those which you can find freely available. As such, you cannot make any changes to the measurement, modify questions, etc., without the permission of the copyright holder.
  2. You should ALWAYS contact the author of the measurement (even if you find it  freely available) to get permission to use the test or measure.
  3. Many publishers/copyright holders place restrictions upon who can use their measurements. They do this because they do not want to compromise the integrity of the measurement. Further, most publishers will only allow measurements to be administered and interpreted by professionals. You should make every effort to adhere to publisher guidelines for use of the measurement.