Guidelines and Information

The Society has produced the following best practice and guidance documents relating to testing. The information below is aimed at test takers, test users, test developers and members of the public.

Taking a test

Psychological Testing: A Test Taker's Guide (Updated 2017)

This guide is available for people who wish to understand what the testing process will be. It provides general information about preparing for a test, information for people with disabilities, what happens during and after a test session and what psychological tests measure.

A Test Taker's Guide to Technology-Based Testing

This guide has been produced by the International Test Commission. It is intended for those who are about to take a test on a computer, over the internet or by some other means of modern technology.

Using tests

Psychological Testing: A Test User's Guide (Updated 2017)

This guide is available for people who wish to use psychometric and psychological tests. It provides general information about the different types of test available, the knowledge and skills required to use tests, and information on the BPS Qualifications in Test Use.

Code of Good Practice for Psychological Testing (updated 2016)

All qualified testers holding one of the Society's qualifications in test use, with a current entry on the Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU), are required to adhere to the principles outlined in the Code of Good Practice for Psychological Testing.

Communicating Test Results (New for 2016)

These guidelines outline the considerations that test users should take into account when communicating test results.

The ITC Guidelines on Test Use

The focus of this guide, which is produced by the International Test Commission, is to provide information for good test use and encourage best practice in assessment.

Data Protection and Privacy Issues in Employment-Related Settings (Draft)

This draft document is aimed at occupational test users and organisations involved in testing and assessment processes, to inform them about data protection and privacy issues relating to psychological testing.

Principles for the Use of Published Psychological Test in Research (Updated 2016)

This guide encourages best practice by outlining factors that should be considered in the use of psychological tests in research. It encourages people using tests in research to reflect on the impact their research may have on their participants, on perception of the research enterprise, on perceptions of the profession and on psychological testing.

The Use of Psychological Tests in Healthcare Research

This guide focuses on the use of psychological tests for research in healthcare settings. It extends the original Principles for the use of Published Psychological Tests in Research (see above) by considering the impact of the testing process and research data on individual participants, services and service users. It encourages people in healthcare research to take into account the ethical, administration, scoring, feedback and security aspects of responsible test use. 

Statement on the Conduct of Psychologists Providing Expert Psychometric Evidence to Courts and Lawyers (updated 2016)

This statement sets out guidance to psychologists and other users of psychological tests concerning obligations when providing evidence or opinion, which rests on the results of psychometric testing.

Guidelines on the Use of Psychometric Test Materials if the Qualified Practitioner Leaves the Employment of the Organisation (updated 2016)

This document provides guidelines on the use of psychometric test materials if the qualified practitioner leaves the employment of an organisation. 

ITC Guidelines on the Security of Tests, Examinations and other Assessments 

These guidelines give advice on developing and implementing a Security Plan, implementing security for the testing and assessment process, and responding to a security breach.

Disability Issues

Dyslexia and Occupational Testing

This guide provides information on testing people for employment purposes who claim to have dyslexia.

Visual Impairment and Psychometric Testing (updated 2016)

These guidelines provide guidance for trained test users who need to test candidates who have visual impairment.

Hearing loss, deafness and psychometric testing (updated 2017)

This statement addresses a number of issues relating to testing people with a hearing impairment.

Computers and the Internet

International Guidelines on Computer-Based and Internet-Delivered Testing

This guide for test users produced by the International Test Commission provides internationally developed and recognised guidelines for good practice issues in computer-based (CBT) and internationally delivered testing.

Using Online Assessment Tools for Recruitment

This guide provides good practice and ethical issues in relation to using online assessment tools for recruitment. It is aimed at people working in recruitment and selection.

Other types of assessment

The Validity of Graphology in Personnel Assessment

This guide reviews the effectiveness of Graphology as a method of assessment.

Design, Implementation and Evaluation of Assessment and Development Centres: Best Practice Guidelines

This guide provides a range of information about Assessment Centres, outlining their purpose, highlighting ethical and legal considerations and monitoring outcomes. It is aimed at those commissioning, designing and developing Assessment Centres.

The Design and Delivery of Assessment Centres

The BPS’s Division of Occupational Psychology has introduced a new standard for implementing assessment centre methodology. The standard aims to raise the standard of assessment centre practice and, in particular, enable poor practice to be identified and improved. 


360 Degree Feedback: Best Practice Guidelines

These guidelines set out issues and recommendations for action that should be considered when implementing a 360-degree programme. They have been developed by several contributing organisations in order to support and encourage best practice in this area. 

Find Books on Psychological Testing on the Wiley Global Research website.