Many tests and measures come with restrictions, especially if it is a well known, commercially available test that is expensive. Try searching Mental Measurements Yearbook to find an entry for your test. If the test you want to use is in this database, chances are it comes with restrictions on who can buy, administer or even photocopy it.
If you already know the name of the test you want, first try finding it within BU Libraries Search. We may have access to a scale you are looking for either online or within the Pickering Educational Resources Library.
This box is meant to supply information about Tests and Measures that the Pickering Educational Resources Library has in physical form, within the library at 2 Silber Way.
Restricted to Boston University students and faculty, the Test Collection supports the assessment courses taught in the BU Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. These tests are for 2-hour in-library use only, and may NOT be copied or administered, except as follows below. Test Collection items do NOT circulate through interlibrary loan.
All tests are kept behind our circulation desk and are of two kinds: those that are shelved in folders, and those shelved on 'oversize' stacks. Many are older items for research only, but some items such as the WPPSI-IV and the TEMA-3 are the most recent editions available.
All of the tests are discoverable through BU Libraries Search. Our shelving scheme (Roman numerals I-VII) lists tests by these seven subjects: Achievement, Intelligence/Aptitude, Interest, Personality/Behavior, Sensorimotor, Speech/Hearing/Visual, and Miscellaneous (vocational, health, etc). These tests can not be copied or administered without prior approval from the author or publisher.
Finding our tests is easy. All measures we have in physical form can be found through BU Libraries Search. To find a specific test, just search for it by title or keywords. Alternatively:
Qualified BU faculty members may check out a test that is not on reserve, but must be authorized from the Head of Pickering Educational Resources Library. Please note: these items are still subject to recall.
Qualified BU faculty members may also request that tests be put ON RESERVE to circulate them to students. Faculty members must submit a class roster to authorize students to check out a test under their supervision for training purposes. Only students on these rosters, that the library receives from qualified faculty members, will be able to check out designated instruments for a 3-day loan period. The reasons for this restriction have to do with ethical use, validity of the instrument, and with copyright permissions.
If you have any questions please contact the Head of Pickering Educational Resources Library.