Locate a standardized measurement instrument used in your specialization or area of interest, and then complete a critique. There are a few different ways to locate a measurement instrument with published psychometrics. First, review the NCU Library’s Tests and Measurements guide which will walk you through how to search for a measurement instrument. Use the information found in the guide to locate a test instrument either by 1) using the Roadrunner Search to identify a measurement instrument used in a peer-reviewed study you have read, and then use the reference list to find its origin, 2) using one of the library databases listed in the guide to identify a test instrument, or 3) lastly, you might try searching for a commercially published test or measurement or information about them on the Internet.
The standardized measurement instrument used in the critique must be located from a scholarly source containing validity and reliability information.
Copy the Measurement Instrument Critique Template below into a Word document, and then complete each section:
Measurement Instrument Critique Template
Title of the instrument (including edition and form, if applicable):
Publisher and date(s) of publication:
Construct(s), domain(s), or variable(s) the instrument measures:
Unidimensionality or multidimensionality of construct(s), domains(s), or variables(s):
Theoretical and/or empirical foundations of the instrument:
Purpose and potential uses of the instrument:
Whom the instrument is designed:
Structure of the instrument:
Length of the instrument, including number of items:
Subscales within the instrument (if applicable):
Format of the instrument:
Instrument administration procedures:
Necessary administrator qualifications and/or training:
Scoring procedures of the instrument:
Type of scoring or scaling (availability of scoring keys and scoring services, subscale, factor, or dimension scores):
Evidence of reliability (include type(s) and statistic(s) as appropriate):
Adequacy of reliability evidence to support potential uses of the instrument:
Evidence of validity (include type(s) and subject area, construct, outcome as appropriate):
Adequacy of validity evidence to support potential uses of the instrument:
Analysis of the multicultural application of the instrument (addressing research on multicultural comparison, or limitations of generalizability based on a lack of multicultural data):
Summary Evaluation and Critique
Strengths and limitations of the instrument:
Critique of the use of the instrument in both an applied and research context:
ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) is an online digital library of education research and information. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. ERIC provides ready access to education literature to support the use of educational research and information to improve practice in learning, teaching, educational decision-making, and research.
On the search results screen, select Tests/Questionnaires under Publication Type.
Lastly, you might try searching for a test or measurement or information about them on the Internet. Google is an excellent search engine for finding information on test instruments. To find information about a particular test or measurement on Google, type the name of the test or measurement into the empty search field and place it in quotes: