The Chicago School University Library maintains an extensive range of psychological assessment materials in support of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s (TCSPP) academic programs. Professional guidelines set forth by APA and assessment publishers limit the use of and access to materials to qualified individuals. To ensure compliance with these provisions, all borrowers must familiarize themselves with the Test Kit Collection Policy.
The Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment (CPTA) of the American Psychological Association (APA). Statement on the Use of Secure Psychological Tests in the Education of Graduate and Undergraduate Psychology Students. Last revised: 1994. https://www.apa.org/science/programs/testing/test-security.aspx
Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct. Amended 2017: https://www.apa.org/ethics/code/index
Students who use testing materials in the course of their research or training must be directly supervised by a licensed psychologist. For example, when testing materials are stored in a library, access must be limited to appropriate personnel and to students in training.
It is advisable that the students be supervised in practice and initial administrations, as well as in scoring of responses and deriving interpretations. It is inappropriate for students to administer tests in an environment that does not allow for a controlled, private and standardized presentation. Communicating the results of a test to a test-taker is a serious matter in any circumstance. Results or interpretations should be reported by students only under the supervision of a qualified faculty member or supervisor. Students should be thoroughly trained in appropriate language and procedures to report all types and levels of scores.
A concise directory of available assessment materials is located in at each library.
For more information about psychological assessments, Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print or PsychTests can be used. Additional guidelines on locating tests are available through the American Psychological Association.
Borrowing Privileges are limited to faculty, staff, and graduate students. Alumni are granted limited access to materials on campus only.
The following guidelines apply to all faculty, staff, and graduate students.
These policies apply to all actively enrolled students
These policies apply to current faculty and staff of TCSPP
These policies apply to matriculated students of TCSPP
(1) Please see page 7 regarding practicum usage for practicum-specific policies
(2) Please see check the library’s hours to see any designated closings
The library has various test kits available to faculty for use in assessment courses. The University Library works with academic departments to get an idea of the assessments that are expected to be used during different terms. In order to meet the needs of these courses and students, there are several policies that must be followed.
All Departments should provide the University Library with their anticipated test kit needs (including consumables/forms needed for assessment courses) in February during the Budget planning process for the next fiscal year. Providing this information in a timely manner will help the library ensure sufficient stock on hand to meet the needs of the curriculum.
The University Library sends out communications to faculty departments and faculty during the prior to the budgeting process in February. The University library also sends out communications two months in advance of the start date of any semester for updated information on about departmental needs for the consumables of test kits. If no departments or faculty respond to these requests for information, Students in Assessment Courses will only receive the default of 2 sets of forms/consumables.
Curriculum leads should reach out to the University Library and provide the number of test kits that will needed for assessment courses at least a month prior to the start of a new semester. If the number of kits requested are not available, the Curriculum lead should work out a schedule with their faculty partners to develop a workable schedule to juggle the kits between their sections. The University Library will look at the tenability of the schedule, and may provide alterations in order to better accommodate the borrowers and to address their needs.
 Please ask the staff at your branch of the University Library are available what kits are available for long-term loans.
 Each campus may have a slightly different pick-up procedure. Check with your branch of the University Library for more information.
Test Kits can be used at practicum sites so long as the usage is for educational purposes only. Our kits cannot be used for profit. Scoring must be supervised by a licensed clinical or school psychologist under the auspices of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Test Kits requiring electronic scoring (i.e. Woodcock Johnson IV) are not available for practicum usage.
Test Kit borrowing procedures fall under the same standard check-out policies as outlined above.
As a reminder, anyone using Test Kits in violation of the educational clauses in the end-user agreements are subject to ethical and possible legal action by injured parties. Misuse use of kits by students, faculty/staff will be referred to their departments for action. Once again, supervision of students’ usage of Test Kit materials falls to licensed site supervisors and faculty to ensure the ethical use of kits.
Practicum Site usage is subject to change at any time due to the nature of our agreements with Test publishers.
The Library allows Test Kit usage for Internships under the same conditions as practicum sites. The Test Kits must be scored by a qualified TCSPP affiliated individual.
In addition, students must be located near one of the University Library branches (Chicago, Southern California, or Washington DC), to use our kits at Internship. The Library does not mail or otherwise ship our test kit materials.
Students seeking to use any assessments for dissertations must be enrolled in a PsyD or EdS, in a Clinical, Applied Clinical, Forensic or School Psychology program. It falls on Dissertation Chairs to ensure the ethical use of psychological assessments and proper IRB authorization. Online students are not authorized to use testing materials for dissertations from the University Library.
Additionally, the Library does not purchase Test Kits or Psychological Assessments for Dissertation research.
Any failure to adhere to the policies in this document may result in the loss of Test Kit borrowing privileges at the University Library, and student violators may be placed on an ADP.