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Buros Mental Measurements Yearbook

  1. Robert Spies

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0149

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Spies, R. 2010. Buros Mental Measurements Yearbook. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. Buros Institute of Mental Measurements

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


As a new professor of measurement and statistics at Rutgers University in the early 1930s, Oscar Krisen Buros recognized the increasing importance of standardized testing to industrialized societies. In order to insure greater public accountability for tests and to evaluate the many claims being made by test authors and publishers, Buros created the Mental Measurements Yearbook (MMY) series. During an editorship that would last over 40 years, Buros recruited a cadre of skilled professionals to write “candidly critical” test reviews that would serve a variety of public interests. For test users, the series would allow valuable access to the expertise of scholars and professionals. Buros believed that knowledgeable test users would gradually become informed consumers of testing products and would select tests that met or exceeded minimal standards of psychometric adequacy. For test writers and publishers, Buros maintained that the publication of critical reviews would “cause authors and publishers to publish fewer but better tests” (Buros, 1938).


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