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Directory of Commonly Used Published Tests

By: Joe Timmons

March 22, 2006
This directory is taken from Chapter 3 of the guide, Career Planning Begins with Assessment, found on-line at http://www.ncwd-youth.info/resources_&_Publications/assessment.html. The tests are commonly used with transition age youth (and others) who are in the process of career planning. Career assessment instruments measure many things and cover four specific domains: Academic, Vocational, Psychological, and Medical. This directory does not contain tests used by physicians or therapists.
Considerations for investigating and selecting assessments:


  • The Publisher’s Web site should always be consulted prior to using formal tests as information changes regularly.

  • Target groups generally refer to ages or grades of intended test takers and may include some language or disability demographics.

  • Norming information from the publisher establishes standardization over a specific population. Many publishers provide norming information only in technical manuals.

  • Qualifications needed to purchase, administer, or interpret tests are determined by the publisher. Oftentimes credentials must be established prior to purchase. If special credentials are required, tests can only be purchased by an individual (or agent) with those credentials.

  • Reliability and validity data are available on some Web sites and are so noted. Many publishers will only provide this information with the purchase of testing materials or technical manuals.

  • Many tests come in different formats or have more than one version of the same format. Care should be taken when comparing test scores that they are measuring the same things.
  • Costs may include manuals, equipment, consumable test booklets, answer sheets, and reporting forms. Some instruments have large up-front costs. Computerized scoring usually means higher prices. Pricing information is current as of January, 2006. Generally, the cost of kits is for 25 individuals. Additional score sheets or test booklets are extra.


  • If assessments are available on computer CDs or disks, note that the costs will be higher.

  • The information included in the directory comes from text found on publishers’ Web sites.

  • Tests are listed in alphabetical order.

  • Blank cells in the table indicate that information was not available on the publisher’s Web site.

For a more complete description of many of the tests listed here, see Kapes and Whitfield, A Counselor’s Guide to Career Assessment Instruments, 4th edition.


Categories/Domains of Published Tests



Academic Performance or Achievement

Adult Basic Learning Examination-Second Edition (ABLE)

ACT

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)



Basic English Skills Test (BEST)

Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) 

DISCOVER Assessment--- Discovering Intellectual Strengths and Capabilities while Observing Varied Ethnic Responses

General Educational Development Tests (GED)

Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement-Normative Update (K-TEA-NU)

Key Math-Revised-Normative Update (Key Math-R-NU)

Peabody Individual Achievement Test-Revised Normative Update (PIAT-RNU)

Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test-III (PPVT-III)

SAT

Secondary Level English Proficiency Test (SLEP)


Stanford Achievement Test Series (Stanford–10)

Stanford Diagnostic Math 4

Stanford Diagnostic Reading 4

Terra Nova

Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE)

Tests of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Test of Written Language (TOWL-3)

Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS–III)

Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC III)

Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT-3)

Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST)

Woodcock Diagnostic Reading Battery

Woodcock-Johnson III Complete Battery (Tests of Achievement & Tests of Cognitive Abilities)

Woodcock Language Proficiency Battery-Revised (WLP-R)

Woodcock Reading Mastery Tests-Revised (WRMT-RNU)

Work Keys

Cognitive Abilities

Conners’ Rating Scales-Revised (CRS-R) and Conners’ Adult AD/HD Ratings Scales (CAARS)

Diagnostic Assessment of Reading with Trial Teaching Strategies (DARTTS)

DISCOVER Assessment--- Discovering Intellectual Strengths and Capabilities while Observing

Varied Ethnic Responses

Dyslexia Screening Instrument

Learning Disabilities Diagnostic Inventory

Peabody Individual Achievement Test-Revised Normative Update (PIAT-RNU)

Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test-III (PPVT-III)

Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales, Fifth Edition (SB5)

Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE)

Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS–III)

Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC III)

Woodcock Diagnostic Reading Battery

Woodcock-Johnson III Complete Battery (Tests of Achievement & Tests of Cognitive Abilities)

Woodcock Language Proficiency Battery-Revised (WLP-R)

Woodcock Reading Mastery Tests-Revised (WRMT-RNU)
Behavioral, Social, Emotional

NOTE: Many tests used to assess behavioral, social, and emotional factors are not commonly published but are used primarily in clinical settings by psychologists and physicians.

Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment

Ansell-Casey Life Skills (ACLSA)

Behavior Evaluation Scale-Third Edition (BES-3)

Behavior Rating Profile-2 (BRP-2)

Behavioral Assessment System for Children (BASC)

Brigance Life Skills/Employability Skills Inventories

Conduct Disorder Scale (CDS)

Conners’ Rating Scales-Revised (CRS-R) and Conners’ Adult AD/HD Ratings

Scales (CAARS)

Devereux Behavior Rating Scale-School Form (DBRS)—(Child and Adolescent Versions)

Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument (MAYSI 2)

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

Systematic Screening for Behavior Disorders (SSBD)

Transition Planning Inventory (TPI)

Type Focus Personality Type Profile

The Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales (VABS)


Vocational Interests and Values

Ansir’s 3 Sides of You Self-Perception Profiling System

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)

Campbell Interest and Skill Survey (CISS)

Career Exploration Inventory

Career Focus 2000 Interest Inventory (CF2II)

Careerlink Inventory

The Career Key

CareerScope Career Assessment and Reporting System

COPSystem

COPSystem Picture Inventory of Careers (COPS-PIC)

Harrington-O’Shea Career Decision-Making System (CDM)

Kuder Career Planning System

Occupational Aptitude Survey and Interest Schedule (OASIS)

O*NET Career Exploration Tools

Pictorial Inventory of Careers (PIC)

Reading Free Vocational Interest Inventory 2 (RFVII 2)

Self-Directed Search Form E

Type Focus Personality Type Profile

Voc-Ties and Career Development Plan

Vocational Exploration and Insight Kit (VEIK)

Vocational Implications of Personality (VIP)


Job Aptitudes and Skills

Ansir’s 3 Sides of You Self-Perception Profiling System

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)

Bennett Hand Tool Dexterity Test

Brigance Life Skills/Employability Skills Inventories

The Career Key

CareerScope Career Assessment and Reporting System

COPSystem

Crawford Small Parts Dexterity Test

Occupational Aptitude Survey and Interest Schedule (OASIS)

Personnel Test for Industry-Oral Directions Test (PTI)

Purdue Pegboard Test

Talent Assessment Program

Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE)

VALPAR Work Samples

Work Keys

Work Behaviors

Brigance Life Skills/Employability Skills Inventories

The Career Key

Personnel Test for Industry-Oral Directions Test (PTI)



Physical and Functional Capacities

NOTE: Many tests used to measure physical and functional capacities are not commonly published but are used primarily in clinical settings by physicians and therapists (occupational, physical, speech and language, etc.).


Ansell-Casey Life Skills (ACLSA)

Purdue Pegboard Test

Talent Assessment Program

Transition Planning Inventory (TPI)

VALPAR Work Samples
Selected Subdomains
Assessments Related to Learning Disabilities

Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) 

Conners’ Rating Scales-Revised (CRS-R), Conners’ Adult AD/HD Ratings Scales (CAARS)

Diagnostic Assessment of Reading with Trial Teaching Strategies (DARTTS)

Dyslexia Screening Instrument

Learning Disabilities Diagnostic Inventory

Peabody Individual Achievement Test-Revised Normative Update (PIAT-RNU)

Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test-III (PPVT-III)

Woodcock Diagnostic Reading Battery

Woodcock-Johnson III Complete Battery (Tests of Achievement & Tests of Cognitive

Abilities)

Assessments for Reading

Adult Basic Learning Examination-Second Edition (ABLE)

Basic English Skills Test (BEST)

Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) 

Diagnostic Assessment of Reading with Trial Teaching Strategies (DARTTS)

Dyslexia Screening Instrument

Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement-Normative Update (K-TEA-NU)

Learning Disabilities Diagnostic Inventory

Peabody Individual Achievement Test-Revised Normative Update (PIAT-RNU)

Secondary Level English Proficiency Test (SLEP)

Stanford Achievement Test Series (Stanford–10)

Stanford Diagnostic Reading 4

STAR Reading

Terra Nova (CAT/6)

Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE)

Tests of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST)

Woodcock Diagnostic Reading Battery

Woodcock Language Proficiency Battery-Revised (WLP-R)

Woodcock Reading Mastery Tests-Revised (WRMT-RNU)

Assessments for Arithmetic and Mathematics

Adult Basic Learning Examination-Second Edition (ABLE)

Balanced Assessment in Mathematics

Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) 

General Educational Development Tests (GED)

Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement-Normative Update (K-TEA-NU)

Key Math-Revised-Normative Update (Key Math-R-NU)

Peabody Individual Achievement Test-Revised Normative Update (PIAT-RNU)

Stanford Achievement Test Series (Stanford–10)

Stanford Diagnostic Math 4

STAR Math

Terra Nova (CAT/6)

Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE)

Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT-3)

Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST)

Assessments for Independent Living Skills

Ansell-Casey Life Skills Assessment (ACLSA)

Brigance Life Skills/Employability Skills Inventories

Transition Planning Inventory (TPI)



Tests Crosswalked to Employment and Training Administration’s Common Performance Measures

Adult Basic Learning Examination-Second Edition (ABLE)

Basic English Skills Test (BEST)

Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS)

Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE)

WorkKeys


 

The Tests

Test name

Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment

    Web site

http://www.aseba.org/

What is measured


The Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) for Ages 6-18 obtains reports from parents, other close relatives, and/or guardians regarding children’s competencies and behavioral/emotional problems. The Adult Behavior Checklist (ABCL) for ages 18 to 59 include normed scales for adaptive functioning, empirically based syndromes, substance use, internalizing, externalizing, and Total Problems.

Target groups

Youth and adults, aged 6 to 59. Versions in Spanish are available.

How normed

The CBCL scales are based on new factor analyses of parents’ ratings of 4,994 clinically referred children, and are normed on 1,753 children aged 6 to 18. The ABCL profiles display scale scores in relation to norms for each gender at ages 18-35 and 36-59, based on national probability samples.

Qualifications required to administer

The use and interpretation of ASEBA materials require graduate training in standardized assessment of at least the Master’s degree level, plus thorough knowledge of the relevant Manuals and documentation. Administration of the SCICA additionally requires supervised experience in interviewing children.

How administered

Pencil and paper surveys given to individuals, their parents, and/or teachers.

Time needed for administration

5 to 15 minutes.


How scored

Hand or computer scored.

    Cost

Hand-scored surveys are $25.00 for fifty. Other formats and materials are available.

Reliability and validity

Reliability and validity information available on Web site.

Publisher’s address and phone

ASEBA

1 South Prospect Street

Burlington, VT 05401-3456

802-264-6432



http://www.aseba.org




Test name

ACT

Web site

http://www.act.org

What is measured

The ACT is a college entrance exam that assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The multiple-choice tests cover four skill areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science. The Writing Test, which is optional, measures skill in planning and writing a short essay.

Target groups

High school students and others who plan on applying to college.

How normed





Qualifications required to administer

Administered by trained staff at test centers.

How administered

Must be taken at a regional or local test center. See Web site for more information. Information about test accommodations is available at: http://www.act.org/aap/disab/

Time needed for administration

Three hours and thirty minutes. Longer if the optional writing test is included.

How scored

Scores are given to each test area. The Composite Score is the average of four Test Scores, rounded to the nearest whole number. The Composite score is used by colleges and others to place students.

Cost

$29.00.

Reliability and validity




Publisher’s address and phone

ACT

500 ACT Drive

P.O. Box 168

Iowa City, Iowa 52243-0168

319-337-1000

http://www.act.org





Test name

Adult Basic Learning Examination-Second Edition (ABLE)


Web site

http://www.harcourtassessment.com

What is measured

Functional abilities of adults.

Target groups

ABLE is appropriate for use with adults in a variety of adult education programs, including Tech Prep programs, GED programs, and adult literacy programs. The content accommodates the non-reader.

How normed

Grade Equivalents, Reference Group Percentile Ranks, and Stanines.

Qualifications required to administer

Eligibility to purchase these instruments is determined on the basis of training and experience.

How administered

Paper and pencil.

Time needed for administration

Un-timed. Each level averages two hours, 40 minutes.

How scored

Hand- or self-scorable.

Cost

Basic kit is $100.00. Additional test booklets and score sheets are extra.

Reliability and validity




Publisher’s address and phone

Harcourt Assessment

19500 Bulverde Road

San Antonio, TX 78259

800-211-8378


http://www.harcourtassessment.com




Test name

Ansell-Casey Life Skills Assessment (ACLSA)

Web site

http://www.caseylifeskills.com or http://www.caseylifeskills.org

What is measured

The Ansell-Casey Life Skills Assessment is an evaluation of youth independent living skills. It consists of statements about life skills that the youth and his/her caregivers complete.

Target groups

There are ACLSA versions for four suggested age ranges:

  • ACLSA-I (ages 8-9 with 37 questions)

  • ACLSA-II (ages 10-12 with 56 questions)

  • ACLSA-III (ages 13-15 with 81 questions)

  • ACLSA-IV (ages 16 and up with 118 questions)

  • ACLSA Short (ages 11-18 with 18 questions)

How normed

Each version has been normed on large groups of appropriately aged youth.

Qualifications required to administer

None.

How administered

The test is taken on-line.

Time needed for administration

The ACLSA full-length forms can take anywhere from 15-30 minutes to complete. The ACLSA short form takes about five minutes to complete.


How scored

A score report is e-mailed back to the respondent within a few minutes after completion.

Cost

No cost.

Reliability and validity

Reliability and validity information is available on Web site.

Publisher’s address and phone

Casey Family Programs

1300 Dexter Avenue North, Floor 3

Seattle, WA 98109-3542

Phone: 206.282.7300



Fax: 206.282.3555

http://www.caseylifeskills.com or http://www.caseylifeskills.org




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