The Mental Measurements Yearbook (MMY) series is published by the Buros Institute of Mental Measurements (BIMM). Dating from 1938, the series assists professionals in selecting and in using standardized tests.
The mission of the Buros Institute is to provide test descriptions, references, and reviews of commercially available tests for potential test users. Each edition reviews new and significantly revised tests since the last edition to allow test users to make informed decisions. The Institute also publishes Tests in Print which is in its 7th edition. The latter is a comprehensive bibliography of tests currently in English and in print.
The MMY has descriptive information on tests and test reviews. Many of the tests have bibliographies of useful references. There are several indexes: (1) test title; (2) classified subjects; (3) publishers’ index and directory; (4) name index of test; (5) review and reference authors; (6) test title acronyms; and (7) scores. The title index offers cross-referencing information for tests known by multiple titles. New or revised tests are duly noted; tests with similar titles (that may be useful) are also included. All numbers in the indexes are test numbers, not page numbers. Tests appear alphabetically by title and have a sequential number.
No edition of MMY offers reviews of all tests currently in print. To learn if a published test has been reviewed in any volume of MMY, you may visit the Buros’ website for the “Test Reviews Online (TROL)” database: http://buros.unl.edu/buros/jsp/search.jsp. A search of the database will indicate if the test has been reviewed and in which volume the review is found. Searches are available by title (alphabetical), by keyword, and by category. The latter encompasses the MMY since 1985 (ninth edition). You can then view the full test review by consulting the corresponding volume in Busse Library’s reference collection at call number BF 176. M 4x.
A sample test entry includes:
a. TITLE: Test titles are printed in boldface. Secondary (or series) titles are set off by a colon.
b. PURPOSE: A brief statement describing the purpose of the test. Usually features a quote from the test manual.
c. POPULATION: Groups for which the test is intended.
d. PUBLICATION DATE: An inclusive range of dates for the various forms and editions of the test.
e. ACRONYM: Acronym commonly used for test reference.
f. SCORES: The number of part scores is shown, with titles and descriptions of what is intended to be presented or measured.
g. ADMINISTRATION: Individual or group administration is noted. A test is considered a “group” test unless it may be administered only on an individual basis.
h. FORMS, PARTS, and LEVELS: All such components are listed.
i. MANUAL: Note is included if the manual is not available. All other manual information is included in the “Price Data” section.
j. RESTRICTED DISTRIBUTION: Notes here are only for tests that are made available to a certain market by the publisher. Educational and psychological restrictions are not included.
k. PRICE DATA: Price information for testing packages, answer sheets, and all other peripherals.
l. FOREIGN LANGUAGE AND OTHER SPECIAL EDITIONS: Inclusions specify foreign language editions published by the English-language creator. Special editions (Braille, large print, etc.) are also included.
m. TIME: Two noted: (1) Number of minutes of actual working time allowed for examinees to complete testing and (2) approximate length of time needed for administering the test. The latter is enclosed in parentheses.
n. COMMENTS: Special notations, further descriptions, and factual criticism of the test.
o. AUTHOR: All authors are reported. If a test appears in a new form each year, only the most recent year is noted. Names are shown exactly as they appear on test booklets.
p. PUBLISHER: Name of publisher or distributor for the test. Consult the “Publishers’ Directory and Index” for address and contact information.
q. FOREIGN ADAPTATIONS: Revisions or adaptations for foreign use.
r. SUBLISTINGS: Levels, editions, subtests, or parts of the test available in separate booklets.
s. CROSS REFERENCES: For tests that have been listed previously in an edition of MMY, an entry includes cross references to the review, excerpts, and references for the test in previous volumes.
To view sample entries for the MMY, visit the Buros website: http://www.unl.edu/buros/bimm/html/reviewsample.html. An entry may include some combination of the following:
a. DESCRIPTION: General overview of test
b. DEVELOPMENT: Historical overview of test’s development
c. TECHNICAL: Discussion of test’s administration, reliability, and aspects of measurement
d. COMMENTARY: Reviewer’s clinical comments as to test’s technical aspects (“C”)
e. SUMMARY: Reviewer’s final statement about test
f. REFERENCES: Reviewer’s other, published references (full citations) Practitioners can use the Yearbooks to select tests for specific purposes. Some may be restricted to use by licensed psychologists and others may be administered by teachers, researchers, medical, and allied health personnel. For a complete description of contents and suggested methods of using the MMY, read the introduction found in the most recent volume.