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How to Search the Database

  • Search the Test Link database.
  • The default is a Basic Search. Click on the "Advanced Search" tab for full Boolean searching.
  • Choose a search field using the drop-down box.
  • Enter one or more keywords (words, numbers or a combination) in the Enter Search Text box and click "Search."
  • Click the blue title, which brings up the test record. If ETS has permission to distribute the test, an e-order will appear in the record.
    • Click the URL found in the e-order field to access our secure website, then follow the instructions. With a major credit card, you may download the instrument to your computer for a $25 distribution fee.
  • If the e-order field doesn't appear, the copyright holder can be found in the "Availability" field, and you will need to contact them for a copy of the instrument.

ERIC descriptors are used in the subject fields.


If you know the title of the test, or one or more words in the title, you may enter that information in the Enter Search box.

By clicking the title, you will be able to view the test record. Look at the "Materials" field to see the related materials that the author submitted with the test before you order a downloadable test (Tests on Demand) to be sure that all of the materials you need are available. If they are not available, you must contact the author or publisher of the assessment instrument to obtain the additional related materials.


To search for a downloadable test:

  • Change the drop-down box to "Order Information"
  • Type "Downloadable" in the search box
  • Click "Search"
  • Use the "Advanced Search" tab to combine the Tests in Microfiche search with another search parameter

To search for the Test in Microfiche (a discontinued service — now available as downloadable):

  • Type "TIM" in the Title Search field
  • Click "Search"
  • Use the "Advanced Search" tab to combine the Tests in Microfiche search with another search parameter

To search for information on a particular instrument, such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator:

  • Type "Myers Briggs" (no hyphen needed) in the Title Search box
  • Click "Search"

If you don't know the title of the test, but want to search for tests covering a particular topic:

  • Change the drop-down box to "Subject Search"
  • Type the topic keyword in the descriptors index search box (ERIC descriptors are used)

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