The Mental Measurements Yearbook (MMY) includes timely, consumer-oriented test reviews, providing evaluative information to promote and encourage informed test selection. Typical MMY test entries include descriptive information and two reviews written by professionals in selected fields. Return to top of page
What is Tests In Print?
Tests in Print (TIP) serves as a comprehensive bibliography to all known commercially available tests that are currently in print in the English language. Information includes test purpose, test publisher, in-print status, price, test acronym, intended test population, administration times, publication date(s), and test author(s). Tests in Print also guides readers to candidly critical test reviews published in the Mental Measurements Yearbook series. Return to top of page
What is Pruebas Publicadas en Español?
Pruebas Publicadas en Español (PPE) serves as a comprehensive bibliography to commercially available tests that are published in part or wholly in Spanish. Information includes test purpose, test publisher, in-print status, origin, norms, adaptation/translation process, test components available in Spanish, test components available in English, price, test acronym, intended test population, administration times, publication date(s), and test author(s). For each test entry, information is presented in Spanish and English. PPE also guides readers to candidly critical test reviews published in the Mental Measurements Yearbook series. Return to top of page
What is Test Reviews Online?
Test Reviews Online is a service that provides access to the same test reviews that appear in the Mental Measurements Yearbook series. Information is available on over 2,000 tests beginning with reviews published in The Ninth Mental Measurements Yearbook (1985). The most current test reviews for each test may be downloaded for $15 per test title. Test reviews include:
descriptive information (i.e., test purpose, test publisher, price, test acronym, intended test population, administration times, publication date(s), test authors, and in-print status)
evaluative information summarizing technical properties of the test (i.e., reliability, validity) when available
How can I access reviews of tests published in the Mental Measurements Yearbook?
There are three options for accessing test reviews published in the Mental Measurements Yearbook (MMY). First, many academic libraries subscribe to our database products through EBSCO Information Services or Ovid Technologies. You can search your library’s listing of databases for Mental Measurements Yearbook or talk to your reference librarian to find out whether your library subscribes to one of our databases. Second, you can search for test reviews through our Test Reviews Onlineservice. This gives you an option to purchase a set of reviews for a particular test title for $15. Third, you can ask your reference librarian if your library has a print copy of the MMY volume in which reviews of that test were published. Learn more about accessing MMY reviews and using the Mental Measurements Yearbook in your teaching through the MMY Instructional Modules. Return to top of page
Why should I or my organization participate in the Buros audit and accreditation program?
The Buros audit and accreditation program represents a mark of quality and excellence in the testing industry. Testing programs accredited by Buros display high standards of psychometric quality as articulated in the professional standards and the expectations of the testing community. Through our independent, in-depth review of the policies and procedures related to your testing program, we can provide guidance to further improve or refine your testing practices.
Testing programs demonstrate their commitment to quality by participating in the Buros audit and accreditation program. If accreditation is obtained, your organization can market the assessment services as meeting accepted professional testing standards. The accreditation seal also strengthens the legal defensibility of the testing program. Return to top of page
What are the requirements for applying for the audit and accreditation program?
The Buros audit and accreditation program is intended for testing organizations with testing products and services that are proprietary. Commercially available tests cannot be reviewed under this program. We encourage publishers to submit their test products for review in the Mental Measurements Yearbook series.
In order to evaluate the quality of a testing program according to the Buros standards, your organization must be able to supply documentation of the policies and procedures governing critical components of your testing program. Further details about the kind of information that must be submitted are available in the Buros audit applications for Stage 1 audit and Stage 2 audit. Return to top of page
How long will it take for my testing program to be audited or accredited?
The Buros audit and accreditation program is offered as a two-stage program. Stage 1 provides a general audit of processes and procedures employed in the testing program. It requires review of extensive documentation on the testing program as well as completion of a site visit. This component of our audit program typically takes two to three months to complete excluding the amount of time required by your organization to prepare the documentation.
The Stage 2 audit provides a focused evaluation of specific tests within the testing program. It is performed after the Stage 1 audit has been successfully completed. Documentation required for this audit stage is less extensive and thus requires less time to prepare and review. Stage 2 audits take approximately one month to complete. Return to top of page
I need more information about a psychometric concept for educational or instructional purposes. Where can I find that information?
Because our work is guided by a mission to improve the science and practice of testing, we provide resources that will help individuals become more responsible developers and users of tests. Buros has launched a new Assessment Literacy initiative to develop and provide those resources to various audiences. More information can be found on our Guides & Digital Resources webpage. We’ve also identified resources from other organizations that can be found on our Assessment Literacy webpage. If you cannot find the resources you are looking for please contact Dr. Jessica L. Jonson at email@example.com. Return to top of page
How do I determine if Buros has reviewed a commercially available test?
You can view the complete list of available test reviews by clicking the Test Reviews Online link on the Buros Center for Testing home page. From there, you will be able to search the database for test reviews by keyword, by alphabet, or by test category. Keyword searches may be limited to any of six potential areas including title, publisher, author, purpose, acronym, or scores. Return to top of page
I am searching for the review of a recent test, but cannot find it on Test Reviews Online. Did Buros choose not to review it?
Relatively new tests may be under review for the next edition of the Mental Measurements Yearbook. You will find information on the current status of many tests by listing your test's name in the keyword search field and examining the "Notes" section. If you are unable to find the test name on the website, you may want to contact the test publisher, access a specialized database (such as PsycINFO) at your library, or check with the ETS website.
You also may try checking our Tests Reviews Online service periodically because test reviews are available through this service as soon as the reviews are completed, which often is well ahead of publication in the Mental Measurements Yearbook series. Because Buros reviews only commercially available tests, research instruments and proprietary tests are not part of our review process.
It is also possible that the publisher has not provided us with copies of their testing materials that are necessary to conduct a test review. In these situations, we are unable to provide a test review. As of The Fourteenth Mental Measurements Yearbook, reviews are not obtained when tests do not provide sufficient evidence of their developmental history or technical characteristics. Return to top of page
I can't find the test I'm looking for -- where should I look next?
If you cannot find test information by searching Test Reviews Online through the Buros website, you may wish to search the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website. ETS maintains information (but not evaluations) on over 20,000 commercial and research instruments.
If you know the publisher of the test, you may wish to contact them and ask for the specific details you wish to examine. Return to top of page
Can I access a list of all the tests that have been evaluated by Buros?
Yes, you can view a cumulative listing of all tests that have had reviews published in The Ninth Mental Measurements Yearbook (published in 1985) through the current date, and you can also view lists of tests that appeared in any particular MMY volume. You should note that reviews of older versions of a test are not available through Test Reviews Online. Older reviews of tests remain available in previously published versions of the Mental Measurements Yearbook series and are available through the MMYB listings on EBSCO and Ovid. Return to top of page
I am hoping to find a scale to measure a particular construct, but I do not know the titles of any specific tests that measure it. How do I begin my search using the Buros website?
From the Buros Center for Testing home page click the Test Reviews Online link from the Test Reviews & Information menu. You will have the option of searching for a construct alphabetically, with a category search to narrow the topic, or with a keyword search. If you select to search for a construct with a keyword search, selecting only the "scores" field will identify tests that include this word as a scored component part of the test. Return to top of page
I work with Spanish-speaking clients but I don't speak much Spanish. Will Pruebas Publicadas en Español be helpful to me?
Yes, because PPE is presented in both Spanish and English, it is useful for speakers of either language. Return to top of page
How do I cite works published by the Buros Center for Testing? What about citing test reviews obtained from Test Reviews Online or from the Mental Measurements Yearbook series?
What pieces of information can I use to search for a test review?
The search engine in Test Reviews Online offers keyword searches for title, purpose, publisher, acronym, author, and scores. Return to top of page
I am looking for a test that measures anxiety to use in my clinic. What assessments are reviewed that measure anxiety?
If you know a certain type of assessment you are looking for, but do not know a specific title, you can search our Test Reviews Online database by entering a specific keyword or phrase (e.g., anxiety). The search engine will examine all tests with the word "anxiety" in the selected field(s), and the results will be displayed on your screen. If you wish to search for an exact phrase or word order, enter the words in quotation marks. Return to top of page
I know the acronym of a test, but I do not know its full title. Will I have trouble finding its test review on your website?
When using the search engine in Test Reviews Online, enter the acronym into the corresponding search field, and click the "find" button. If you are not able to locate the test, try shortening the acronym. You also should be aware that acronyms are only listed if the test author or publisher has made use of the acronym when referring to the test or if the test is widely known by that acronym. Note that some acronyms are used by more than one test. Return to top of page
I am having trouble downloading or opening a test review that I purchased. Where can I find help to access the review?
Within the Test Reviews Online webpage, look for the “Problems?" button on the screen. Simply click that button, fill out the requested information about your problem, and we will contact you as soon as possible (usually during the next business day) to resolve the problem. Return to top of page
What payment options do you offer for Test Reviews Online?
You may use either Visa, MasterCard, or Discover to purchase reviews online. All credit card transactions are encrypted and processed by PayPal. Return to top of page
What kinds of tests are reviewed by Buros?
Buros publishes descriptions and critical reviews of commercially available English language tests. A test qualifies for review if it meets the general criteria of providing at least a minimal level of psychometric data (e.g., development history, reliability estimates, validity evidence). Return to top of page
How do I obtain an actual test after I've read the review?
The Buros Center for Testing does not publish, distribute, or administer tests. To acquire tests or testing materials, you will need to contact the test publisher. Publishers' addresses (and in many cases phone numbers, email addresses, and websites) are available by searching the publisher field on Test Reviews Online. The Tests in Print book series also provides contact information for test publishers. Return to top of page
What is the total number of published tests reviewed during the history of the Buros Center?
Reviews of more than 7,500 tests (or revisions of tests) have been published by Buros from its founding (1935) through the present day. Return to top of page
What kind of information will I get with my purchase of a test review through your online service?
Typical reviews provide descriptive information about a test, often discuss its developmental history, and evaluate its technical characteristics. Test reviewers often offer their own commentary along with providing specific psychometric evaluations. For most tests, reviews are completed by two independent reviewers. A sample review is available on this website. Return to top of page
I am unfamiliar with some of the technical terms used in a test review. How can I find out what these terms mean?
Buros has identified three glossaries of testing, assessment, and measurement terms. One or more of these sources should assist in your understanding of these terms. These glossaries and other useful references are listed under our Assessment Literacy page. Return to top of page
I am a researcher looking to use a test in my next study. I have narrowed down my list of possibilities but cannot decide which one to use. Would you be able to give me advice on which one would work best with my research?
Buros staff members do not recommend specific tests to agencies or individuals. However, you may find our test reviews helpful in making the choice of which tests to select from what is sometimes a large range of testing options. Return to top of page
How can I use a MMY test review to evaluate a test?
We provide two short lessons on how to use an MMY test review and other resources to judge the quality of a test for your particular use. Because tests can play an important role in decision making it is important to carefully examine and evaluate any tests under consideration. These two short lessons can be found on our Educational Resources page. Return to top of page
The test I am considering for use is not reviewed in the MMY. Are there any guidelines available to help me evaluate this test’s quality?
The Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing published by the American Educational Research Association (AERA), American Psychological Association (APA), and National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME) provide a comprehensive set of criteria for evaluating the quality of tests and assessments. Criteria for Buros MMY reviews are informed by those standards. More information about other standards, codes, and guidelines that inform appropriate testing practices in the professions can be found on the Assessment Literacy page.
When selecting or evaluating a test it is important to consider content coverage, intended use, administration guidelines, validity evidence, reliability evidence, reporting recommendations, and bias investigations. A detailed listing of these types of questions can be found on our Educational Resources page. Return to top of page
I am the author of a new (or revised) test. How can I have my test listed in a Buros publication?
If your test is commercially available and has not been listed or reviewed in a previous Buros publication, please contact Buros at firstname.lastname@example.org. Descriptive listings for commercially available tests published in English or Spanish are provided in Tests in Print and Pruebas Publicadas en Espanol, respectively. English language tests that provide minimal psychometric documentation (e.g., development history, reliability estimates, validity evidence) are eligible for review in the Mental Measurements Yearbook series. Test information and reviews of tests in English that meet our review criteria are included on our Test Reviews Online search engine. In addition, our databases are offered in several formats via electronic subscription services (please see our Test Reviews & Information page for details). Return to top of page
I am the author of a test that was reviewed by Buros. How can I obtain a copy of the review?
The Buros Center is pleased to provide a courtesy copy of our reviews to test authors. To make arrangements for sending you a review by email attachment, please contact Buros via phone or email. Return to top of page
Who qualifies to review tests for Buros?
To qualify to review tests for Buros, individuals must have completed a terminal degrees (e.g., PhD, PsyD, EdD) and have had training in psychometrics. Reviewers are selected for their specialized content knowledge and their training in the fields of testing and measurement. Return to top of page
How can I become a reviewer for the Mental Measurements Yearbook?
If you have received your PhD, PsyD, EdD, or other doctoral level training in your respective field and have had training in psychometric evaluation (statistics and measurement), you may qualify to review tests for Buros. You may submit this information by clicking 'Become a Buros Reviewer' on the Information for Reviewers webpage. You will be asked for identifying information and for your specific areas of interest and expertise. Return to top of page
Is it possible to ask Buros to review a specific test?
Buros reviews commercially available English language tests meeting sufficient technical standards that are provided to us by test publishers. Tests developed as research instruments only are not subject to review. If you wish to check whether a specific test has been reviewed, our search engine should provide updated status information. If you are aware of a commercially available test that is in print and that is not listed on Test Reviews Online, please feel free to alert us with information via email so we may pursue it. Return to top of page
Now that test reviews and information are available online, will Buros continue to publish the Mental Measurements Yearbook and Tests in Print?
Yes, the Mental Measurements Yearbook and Tests in Print series will continue to be available in print form and through electronic databases such as EBSCO and Ovid. Return to top of page
I am interested in purchasing the latest editions of the Mental Measurements Yearbook, Tests in Print and Pruebas Publicadas en Español. What is the purchase price and how can I order them?
We have just gained access to the Mental Measurements Yearbook through EBSCO’s electronic database. Does this product also include the information found in Tests in Print or do we need to continue to purchase the Tests in Print series separately?
The electronic subscription services EBSCO and Ovid may include data from Mental Measurements Yearbooks as well as Tests in Print. You will need to check with your institutional librarian to determine which database has been selected. Return to top of page
Does the EBSCO database include the information found in Pruebas Publicadas en Español (PPE)?
Yes. The electronic subscription service EBSCOhost offers an inclusive database product that includes data from all three of our major reference works: Mental Measurements Yearbook, Tests in Print, and Pruebas Publicadas en Español. For further details, contact http://www.ebscohost.com/ and ask about “Mental Measurements Yearbooks with Tests in Print Internacional.” Return to top of page
Does the Ovid database include the information found in Pruebas Publicadas en Español (PPE)?
No. Currently, the electronic subscription service offered by Ovid Technologies, Inc. does not include a product with information found in PPE. Ovid offers two database products that include information from the Mental Measurements Yearbook series and the Tests in Print series. We hope to work with Ovid to develop a database product that will include PPE data in the future. Return to top of page
Where can I find the products and services of the Buros Center for Testing other than this website?
You may wish to contact your local library and ask if they have the latest editions of the Mental Measurements Yearbook and Tests in Print series. If they do not have a copy of these books, you may wish to contact your local university or college library. Return to top of page
Will Buros allow quotations or summaries of its published test reviews to be used in product advertising?
With our approval, quotations of 50 words or less from its copyrighted materials (either in book or electronic form) may be used for commercial purposes. For specific conditions and requirements, please click on the “Copyright and Permissions” button on the navigation bar. Return to top of page
What steps does the Buros Center for Testing take to maintain test security?
We rely on our established practices for handling test materials and our editorial policies as well as relevant professional codes to ensure that tests remain secure before, during, and after the review process unfolds. Our “Policies for Maintaining Security of Test Materials” provides detailed information about our security procedures. This document is posted on the INFORMATION FOR TEST PUBLISHERS area of our webpage. Return to top of page