Unidimensionality or multidimensionality of construct(s), domains(s), or variables


Locate a standardized measurement instrument used in your specialization or area of interest, and then complete a critique. There are a few different ways to locate a measurement instrument with published psychometrics. First, review the NCU Library’s Tests and Measurements guide which will walk you through how to search for a measurement instrument. Use the information found in the guide to locate a test instrument either by 1) using the Roadrunner Search to identify a measurement instrument used in a peer-reviewed study you have read, and then use the reference list to find its origin, 2) using one of the library databases listed in the guide to identify a test instrument, or 3) lastly, you might try searching for a commercially published test or measurement or information about them on the Internet.

The standardized measurement instrument used in the critique must be located from a scholarly source containing validity and reliability information. Copy the Measurement Instrument Critique Template below into a Word document, and then complete each section:

Measurement Instrument Critique Template

Reference Information

  1. Title of the instrument (including edition and form, if applicable):
  2. Author(s):
  3. Publisher and date(s) of publication:


  1. Construct(s), domain(s), or variable(s) the instrument measures:
  2. Unidimensionality or multidimensionality of construct(s), domains(s), or variables(s):
  3. Theoretical and/or empirical foundations of the instrument:


  1. Purpose and potential uses of the instrument:
  2. Whom the instrument is designed:
  3. Structure of the instrument:
  4. Length of the instrument, including number of items:
  5. Subscales within the instrument (if applicable):
  6. Format of the instrument:


  1. Instrument administration procedures:
  2. Necessary administrator qualifications and/or training:
  3. Scoring procedures of the instrument:
  4. Type of scoring or scaling (availability of scoring keys and scoring services, subscale, factor, or dimension scores):


  1. Evidence of reliability (include type(s) and statistic(s) as appropriate):
  2. Adequacy of reliability evidence to support potential uses of the instrument:
  3. Evidence of validity (include type(s) and subject area, construct, outcome as appropriate):
  4. Adequacy of validity evidence to support potential uses of the instrument:

Multicultural Application

  1. Analysis of the multicultural application of the instrument (addressing research on multicultural comparison, or limitations of generalizability based on a lack of multicultural data):

Summary Evaluation and Critique

  1. Strengths and limitations of the instrument:
  2. Critique of the use of the instrument in both an applied and research context:

Length: 5-7 pages, not including title and reference pages