Tests, Tests, and More Tests Online

A cursory search on the Internet reveals that information on quite a few psychological tests is readily available only a few keystrokes away. I am reluctant to post the sites so as to not republish information that should not be accessible. But it is accessible. I found images of test protocols, explanations, and practice questions to many:

  • Bender
  • TAT
  • WISC-IV
  • RAVLT
  • Rey Complex Figure
  • Stroop
  • Trail Making Test
  • Ruff Verbal Fluency Test
  • MMSE
  • Color Trails Test
  • Sample TOMM cards
  • Star Cancellation Test
  • MOCA
  • Many sources on interpretation of the Rorschach
  • Self-assessing:

o   Depression

o   Anxiety

o   Anger

o   Somatic symptoms

o   Mania

o   Substance use

o   Inattention

o   Phobias

o   Panic

o   GAD

o   PTSD

o   Others

  • AUDIT, MAST, DAST & others
  • Several Beck Scales
  • Many risk assessment tools
  • Etc.

I could go on…

Also online are book chapters, articles, and a variety of copyrighted material.

I suppose it is simply impossible for publishers to go after every single site. Many are republished merely by reposting. Many shut down and new ones open. The effort involved in going after nebulous entities must be lengthy and costly.

I see this as another application of “The Dark Side” of the Internet.

I think that perhaps for us, as true experts and champions of ethics and dissemination of accurate information and protecting the public against fraudulent and harmful applications, it is imperative to educate the public via a multitude of platforms.

Ultimately, there is something to be said about Caveat Emptor, although in this case, “Consumer Beware” (as Internet user), might be more accurate than “Buyer Beware.”

Something I repeatedly emphasize in presentations I make is that tests are tools at our disposal, and are part of a comprehensive set of evaluative techniques that we employ to answer the referral question and arrive at a conclusion and recommendations that may or may not include diagnostic considerations.

Amidst a total number of pieces of data, it is likely that there will be outliers, things that don’t mesh with our overall emerging picture of the patient, client, respondent, or examinee. It is up to us to explain discrepancies and clarify why we have arrived at our conclusion despite inconsistencies. We look at the total picture. We consider the “Four Corners.” Tests as tools we use among (hopefully) quite a few other assessment sources do not dictate our conclusions. We are the “masters” of our findings and conclusions.

Roy

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