Measures come in all shapes and sizes
Tests can be developed for a variety of reasons. In a clinical setting, tests are used to assess patients and help diagnostically. In a research environment, tests are used to measure variables in a variety of samples to determine relationships between factors and help answer an overall research question. Tests can also be modified to suit specific needs and evolve over time as they are continually refined and improved.
Psychological tests are tools that can be used by researchers and clinicians to gather information from patients and participants in an objective and standardised way. Tests can look very different and can be administered in a variety of ways. These include, but are not limited to:
- Online questionnaires
- Behavioural paradigms
- Psychological inventories
- Structured interviews
- Observer rating systems