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Guide to the Fields in PsycTESTS Records

PsycTESTS® database records are divided into fields, which makes searching the databases easier. What goes into each field varies depending on the literature we're documenting.

This guide lists all the fields, plus an explanation of what each field does.

The field names listed here are those used on APA PsycNET. Field names and locations may differ slightly on other delivery platforms. Please note that every field will not be displayed on every record.

In addition to describing the content of the field, the chart below indicates the portion of the Test Record where the field is used: Test Master Records, Test Child Records (Test Development, Test Use, Test Review, or Test Primary Data), or both.

Check the online help for your search system or the search guide in our Help and Training Center to find out how to use these fields and their values when searching the database.

Current as of August 2015

Field Guide


Controlled list of values indicating the testing accommodations available to ensure nondiscrimination in test administration:

  • Accessible Formats
  • Extended Time/Rest Breaks
  • Testing Environment Alternatives
Acronym Test acronym(s) provided in the source document Child
Administration Method

Controlled list of methods:

  • Paper
  • Electronic
  • Interview
  • Physical Object
  • Other
Administration Time Time required to administer the test. Child
Affiliation Corporate or instutitional affiliation of the test author(s). Child
Age Group A controlled list of specific population age groups related to the content, including focus and/or population of the Test Child Record Child
Alternate Test Name Any alternate names for the test Child
Author Author or authors of the test Both
Author ID

ORCID, VIVO, or OpenID data that links to a list of the author's publications.

This data will become visible in PsycTESTS records in late 2015.

Commercial Controlled value indicating whether or not a test is commercially available Child
Construct Psychological construct being measured Both
Correction Date

Date a record was corrected or updated.

Also the date a Test Master Record was updated with additional Test Child Records.

Correspondence Address Address for corresponding author Child
DOI DOI registered with CrossRef for a PsycTESTS Master Record Master
Factor Analysis Free-text field that captures test factor analysis data provided in the source document Child
Fee Controlled value indicating whether or not there is a fee for test use Child

Description of format


  • 5-point Likert Scale
  • Agree/Disagree with Survey Statements
  • Multiple Choice
Index Terms Controlled vocabulary applied from the Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms Child
Instrument Type

Controlled list indicating the primary testing category of the instrument


  • Battery
  • Inventory/Questionnaire
  • Survey

Natural language description of the Test Child Record


  • Air Travel Stress
  • International Flight
  • Flight Crew
  • Airlines
Language Controlled list indicating the languages in which the test is available Child
Name Name of the test described in the Test Master Record Master
Number of Items Number of items in the test Child
Number of Test Records Number of Test Child Records associated with the Test Master Record profile Master
Other Versions Links to other versions of the test included in PsycTESTS Master

Controlled list of values indicating the level of permissions needed in order to use a test:

  • May use for Research/Teaching
  • Contact Corresponding Author
  • Contact Publisher
  • Contact Publisher and Corresponding Author
  • Not Specified

Controlled values describing the population to which the test was administered:

  • Human
  • Animal
  • Male
  • Female
  • Inpatient
  • Outpatient
Population Details

Further description of the sample population


  • Institutionalized patients living in nursing homes
  • Undergraduates in Israel
  • Buddhists
PsycTESTS Classification A controlled list othat indicates the general area of psychology that the measure is designed to assess (view PsycTESTS Classifications) Child
Publisher Name of the publisher of a commerically available test Child
Purpose What the test is assessing Both
Release Date Date the Test Master Record was released into PsycTESTS Child
Reliability Free-text field that captures test reliability data provided in the source document Child
Reported in


Full citation of the source document that describes the development, review, or use of the test

Source Citation can be for a PsycINFO (including PsycARTICLES or PsycBOOKS) or PsycEXTRA record


The setting in which the test was administered


  • Hospital
  • Nursing Home
  • Nursery School
Summary Descriptive summary of the test being profiled in the Test Master Record Master
Supporting Documentation

A controlled list of types of supporting documentation


  • Answer Sheet
  • Instructor/Test Manual/Guide
  • Student/Study Guide
Supporting Documentation Link Link to any supporting documentation for the test available from PsycTESTS Both
Test File Indicates whether the test has Text or Multimedia files associated with it, and whether the tests are Full, Partial, or Sample Child
Test Location Indicates the page, table, or figure number of the test or test items in the source document Child
Test Record Type Indicates the type of test record Both
Unique Identifier

System-generated identifier for PsycTESTS records.

Test Child Records share all but the last 3 digits of the identifier with the associated Test Master Record.

Validity Free-text field that captures test validity data provided in the source document Child
Web Site Web site for additional information if provided by author or test publisher Child
Test Year Year(s) the test was published Both