Employment Testing Web sites
More information about supporting the effectiveness of tests for employment decision-making purposes can be found in SIOP's Principles for the Validation of Employee Selection Procedures. In addition to the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, visit the following Web sites for more information about employment testing.
Locate a Test/Test Reviews: For more information about types of commercially available tests, test publishers, and reviews of various tests, contact the following organizations.
1. Association of Test Publishers (www.testpublishers.org)
The Association of Test Publishers is a non-profit organization representing publishers and providers of tests and assessment tools and/or services related to assessment, selection, certification, and educational and clinical issues. This site has a useful section on testing called, Frequently Asked Questions.
2. Buros Institute of Mental Measurement (www.unl.edu/buros/)
Buros Institute of Mental Measurements has supported advancements in test practice since 1938. The Institute publishes the Mental Measurements Yearbook and Tests in Print series that includes reviews of commercially available tests.
Locate Information on Employment Testing: For more information about legal and government requirements for employment testing as well as testing best practices in organizations, contact the following organizations.
1. American Psychological Associations Testing Page (www.apa.org/)
The American Psychological Association produces a number of documents of particular importance to test development and use. These include the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, the Rights and Responsibilities of Test Takers and Test User Qualifications. They also have several Web pages that a useful for employers considering testing.
This Web site provides answers to frequently asked questions about tests. In particular, it provides information on how to locate a test for a given characteristic and information on volumes that reference all sorts of tests.
This page provides information on how to order The Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, a comprehensive document that indicates what test users should be aware of and do when using tests.
2. Department of LaborEmployment and Training Administration (www.doleta.gov)
The Employment and Training Administration arm of the Department of Labor seeks to build up labor market through workforce training and the placement of workers. Employers will find information on several employment related areas including tax incentives, other hiring incentives, and information on how to find and train employees.
3. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (www.eeoc.gov)
Created by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing the employment-related provisions of the act. This organization is the major government agency involved with employment discrimination. The EEOC initiates investigations, responds to complaints, and develops guidelines to enforce various laws.
4. International Personnel Management Association Assessment Council (www.ipmaac.org)
The International Personnel Management Associations Assessment Council (IPMAAC) is the leading organization of applied personnel assessment professionals. With more than 600 members, the organization provides a forum for sharing interests and expertise in the development and effective use of personnel assessment methods in organizations.
5. O*NET (www.onetcenter.org)
O*NET, the Occupational Information Network, is a comprehensive database of worker attributes and job characteristics. As the replacement for the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, O*NET is the nations primary source of occupational information. Check out this site for Testing and Assessment: An Employers Guide to Good Practices. This guide helps managers and others understand and use employment testing and assessment practices.
6. Society for Human Resource Management (www.shrm.org)
This site represents the national organization of human resource and personnel professionals within public and private organizations. It includes up-to-date HR-related news items and commentary and a long list of links to other HR-related sites.
7. Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (www.siop.org)
This site represents the national organization of industrial and organizational psychologists within public and private organizations. It includes accurate and objective information on workplace topics. SIOP also provides a service, the Consultant Locator System, that helps people find industrial and organizational psychologists and consulting firms that can assist them with various workplace issues.