Definition: Published vs. Unpublished Tests
A published test is one that is available commercially and can be purchased by qualified individuals from the publisher (as long as the test is still in print). Some well-known commercial tests include KeyMath; the various Wechsler scales; the Woodcock-Johnson tests; the Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement; etc.
An unpublished test is one that is not available commercially, but may have been published in a journal article, a dissertation, or other source. Sometimes these instruments are available for free and can be used with permission from the author.
For more information on published vs. unpublished tests, see:
Access and Use Issues (from Miriam Joseph, St. Louis Univ.)
Websites & Articles
APA (American Psychological Assoc.)
- Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing
- Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education
- FAQ/Finding Information About Psychological Tests
Glossary of Testing, Measurement, and Statistical Terms (from Riverside Publishing)