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

 A Test Takers Guide.pdf

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.

 Test Takers Guide to Technology Based Testing.pdf

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

 Code of Good Practice for Psychological Testing1.pdf

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. (This has recently been updated.)


 Psychological Testing A Users Guide.pdf

This guide provides information about different types of tests and areas of application, the knowledge and skills required to use tests and what to look for in a psychological test.

 International Guidelines for Test Use.pdf

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.


 Draft Data Protection and Privacy Issues in Employment Related Settings

This 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.

 Priniciples for the use of Published Psychological Tests in Research

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.pdf

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- Psychometric Evidence.pdf 

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 using tests when a qualified practitioner leaves the organisation.pdf

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

Disability Issues

 Dyslexia and Occupational Testing

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

 Visual Impairment and Psychological Testing.pdf

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

 Psychometric Testing for people with a hearing impairment1.pdf 

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

Computers and the Internet

 International Guidelines for Computer based and Internet Testing.pdf

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.pdf

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.

Test Development

 Guidelines on the Development and Use of Computer Based Assessments

This guide provides information for those responsible for developing and using computer-based assessments and reviews the issues involved in using this medium of assessment.

Other types of assessment

 The Validity of Graphology in Personnel Assessment.pdf

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

 Assessment and Development Centres1.pdf 

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.pdf

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 BPSBlackwells website.