The purpose of this website is to assist courts, public defenders, attorneys, probation departments, evaluators, and mental health professionals in their search for evidence based assessment instruments or tests that have impressive reliability, validity and accuracy.
All tests discussed in this website contain a Truthfulness Scale (to determine client truthfulness while being tested), an Alcohol Scale and a Drugs Scale. Most of these tests possess a Violence (Lethality) Scale. Other scales (measures) are also included to fill out the client’s (offender) assessment profile.
Adult court tests are set forth by name and that tests name and image is a link to that tests webpage or website. To begin your search, click on any of the following Test links below.
The 1st Offense Inventory is designed for first offender (male and female) assessment. This test is, particularly, useful in defendant, presentence, pretrial, and probation settings. The 1st Offense Inventory consists of 122 true/false and multiple choice items. It takes 20 to 25 minutes, on average, to complete and has a fifth-grade reading level. The assessment has seven (7) scales (measures): 1. Truthfulness Scale, 2. Alcohol Scale, 3. Drug Scale, 4. Antisocial Scale, 5. Peer Pressure Scale, 6. Entitlement Scale, and 7. Self-Esteem Scale.
The ADS focuses explicitly on alcohol and drug use. It determines if the client was truthful while completing the test. Then it interprets the Alcohol Scale and Drugs Scale findings with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition (DSM-IV) Substance Abuse & Dependency scales. And it measures how well the client manages stress. The Alcohol-Drug-Screen incorporates six (6) scales (measures): 1. Truthfulness Scale, 2. Alcohol Scale, 3. Drugs Scale, 4. DSM-IV Substance Abuse Scale, 5. DSM-IV Substance Dependency Scale and 6. Stress Management Scale. It consists of 116 questions and takes 20 to 25 minutes to complete. From test data (answers) input, scored and printed Alcohol-Drug-Screen reports are available on-site within 2½ minutes.
The Anger-Aggression-Violence Assessment (AAVA) focuses entirely on Anger-Aggression and Violence, which are conceptualized on an emotionally reactive continuum. Continuum theory postulates shades (or intensities) of Anger-Aggression and violence exist as points on a continuum of emotional reactivity. Continuum theory that as anger increases, it can evolve into aggression, which in turn can intensify and evolve into violence. The aava consists of 135 items and has 7 scales: 1. Truthfulness Scale, 2. Anger Scale, 3. Aggression Scale, 4.Violence Scale, 5. Alcohol Scale, 6. Drug Scale and 7. Stress Management.
Designed for court, anger assessment and treatment settings. The AMP is particularly useful in substance (alcohol and other drugs) abuse-related cases. It has 123 items and takes 25 minutes to complete. The five Anger Management Profile scales (measures) include: 1. Truthfulness Scale, 2. Anger Scale, 3. Alcohol Scale, 4. Anger Management Scale and 5. Drugs Scale. The AMP evaluates the client's test taking attitude and identifies faking. It measures substance use and the severity of abuse. The scale score recommendations are in accordance with problem severity. It also quantifies anger (violence) potential.
Applications: Defendant (misdemeanor and felony) assessment in courts, risk and needs screening, adult (male and female) drug court test, substance abuse evaluation, adult probation and community corrections programs. The DQ has seven (7) scales (measures): 1. Truthfulness Scale, 2. Violence (Lethality) Scale, 3. Antisocial Scale, 4. Alcohol Scale, 5. Drugs Scale, 6. Substance Use Disorder and 7. Stress Coping Abilities (Stress Management) Scale. The DQ has 137 items and takes on average 35 minutes to complete. DQ reports are computer scored and printed within 2½ minutes of data (answers) entry.
Applications: Designed for people accused or convicted of domestic violence. The DVI evaluates violence potential, assesses control issues, quantifies substance (alcohol and other drugs) abuse and measures stress coping or management abilities. The DVI has six (6) scales (measures): 1. Truthfulness Scale, 2. Violence (Lethality) Scale, 3. Control Scale, 4. Alcohol Scale, 5. Drugs Scale and 6. Stress Coping Abilities Scale. The DVI consists of 155 items and takes 30 minutes to complete.
The Driver Impairment Index (DII) is designed specifically for California DUI providers or assessors. The DII has three (3) scales (measures): 1. Truthfulness Scale, 2. Alcohol Scale, and a 3. Drugs Scale. The DII consists of 64 items, takes 9 or 10 minutes to complete, and can be administered individually or in groups. It can be administered in paper-pencil test booklet format or on a computer screen. Regardless of how administered, all DII tests are scored over the internet with reports printed on-site within three (3) minutes. This evidence based test has impressive evidence based reliability, validity and accuracy.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is the highest federal authority in the DUI/DWI field. After reviewing the major DUI/DWI offender tests, NHTSA rated the Driver Risk Inventory (DRI), the best (DOT HS 807 475). Now, after years of additional research the DRI has been improved. The DSM-5 substance use disorder has been added, and the length of the test has been shortened, while improving its already impressive reliability, validity, and accuracy. This improved test is the Driver Risk Inventory-2 (DRI-2). The DRI-2 consists of 113 test items and takes 25 minutes to complete. The six DRI-2 scales (measures) are: 1) Truthfulness Scale, 2) Alcohol Scale, 3) Drug Scale, 4) DSM-5-Substance Use Disorder, 5) Driver Risk Scale, and 6) Stress Management Scale.
The DUI/DWI Offender Test is a 117-item, self-administered test that contains true-false and multiple choice questions. It takes 20 minutes to complete and is computer scored, with DDOT reports printed in 2 1/2 minutes, from data (answers) entry. DDOT recommendations are DUI/DWI program oriented. DDOT was designed for DUI/DWI offender assessment and was (and continues to be) standardized on DUI/DWI offenders. DUI-DWI Offender Test Scales (DDOT) includes the Truthfulness Scale, alcohol Scale, Drug Scale, Marijuana Scale, Substance Use Disorder Scale, and a Driver Risk Scale.
The Gambler Addiction Index (GAI) is a gambler assessment or test. The GAI assesses important gambler attitudes and behaviors. Gamblers often have substance (alcohol or drugs) abuse problems, stress handling difficulties and other emotional conflicts. Gamblers have a higher incidence of suicide than other clinical groups. And many gamblers are notorious liars. The GAI consists of 166 items and takes 35 minutes to complete. The GAI has seven (7) scales (measures): 1. Truthfulness Scale, 2. Gambling Severity Scale, 3. Suicide Scale, 4. DSM-IV Gambler Scale, 5. Alcohol Scale, 6. Drugs Scale, and 7. Stress Coping Abilities Scale. It is estimated that there are more than 12 million problem gamblers in the United States alone.
Applications: The Offender Assessment Index (OAI) is designed for use with incarcerated (male and female) adults. Individuals detained for extended periods of time in jails, detention centers, prisons, etc. are assessed to determine their status and needs. The OAI consists of 158 items and takes on average 30 to 35 minutes to complete. The OAI has seven (7) measures (scales): 1. Truthfulness Scale, 2. Violence (Lethality) Scale, 3. Resistance Scale, 4. Alcohol Scale, 5. Drugs Scale, 6. DSM-IV Substance Abuse/Dependency Scale and 7. Stress Coping Abilities Scale.
Courts and probation officers refer many probationers to counseling and treatment programs. In the past it was assumed that the probationer was rehabilitated, positively changed or cured because they completed their mandatory treatment. Recent research shows this assumption is often wrong. Some probationers do not change. The Probation Referral Outcome (PRO) is a counseling or treatment outcome effectiveness test. It assesses treatment change. PRO is administered twice: before treatment (pretest) and after treatment (posttest). The pretest becomes the baseline for posttest comparison. Upon posttest a Comparison Report is generated. The PRO has eight (8) scales (measures): 1. Truthfulness Scale, 2. Violence Scale, 3. Alcohol Scale, 4. Drugs Scale, 5. Depression Scale, 6. Anxiety Scale, 7. Self-Esteem Scale and 8. Stress Management Scale. For more PRO information (description, cost and an example report).The Probation Referral Outcome (PRO) helps answer the question “was counseling or treatment effective?”
The QRS has 64 items and can be completed in 20 minutes. It has four (4) scales (measures): 1. Truthfulness Scale, 2. Alcohol Scale, 3. Drug Scale, and 4. Risk Scale. The Quick Risk Screen has been standardized and normed on thousands of clients. This test is brief and to the point, yet provides important attitudinal and behavioral information. The Risk Scale measures the client's danger to self and others.
The Sexual Adjustment Inventory (SAI) is a reliable and valid test for evaluating people accused or convicted of sex offenses. Many sex offenders attempt to minimize their problems or try to "fake good". There are the two Truthfulness Scales: Sex Item Truthfulness and Test Item Truthfulness. Scale interpretation is discussed on the SAI's webpage in BDS’S website www.bdsltd.com. The SAI consists of 225 items and takes 45 minutes to an hour to complete. The SAI has thirteen (13) scales (measures): 1. Sex Item Truthfulness, 2. Sexual Adjustment Scale, 3. Child (Pedophile) Molest Scale, 4. Incest Classification, 5. Exhibitionism Scale, 6. Sexual (Rape) Assault Scale, 7. Test Item Truthfulness Scale, 8. Violence (Lethality) Scale, 9. Antisocial Scale, 10. Distress Scale, 11. Impulsiveness Scale, 12. Alcohol and 13. Drugs Scale. The SAI is standardized on thousands of adult (male and female) sex offenders. The SAI has proven reliability, validity, and accuracy. For more information (unique features, cost, example report, etc.)
The Shoplifting Inventory (SI) is a unique shoplifter test which assesses motivation, attitude and need. The Shoplifting Inventory (SI) consists of 141 items and takes 45 minutes to complete. The SI has seven (7) scales (measures): 1. Truthfulness Scale, 2. Shoplifting Scale, 3. Peer Pressure Scale, 4. Impulsiveness Scale, 5. Alcohol Scale, 6. Drug Scale and 7. Self-Esteem Scale. These seven Shoplifting Inventory (SI) scales explore areas of inquiry considered necessary for adequately understanding shoplifters. For more information (unique features, cost, example report, etc.)
Applications: The SAQ-Adult Probation III is an adult (male and female) probationer test. It is appropriate for misdemeanor and felony evaluations. It helps determine probationer risk, establish levels of supervision and ascertain needs. The SAQ-Adult Probation III is also used in substance abuse intake screening and violence assessment. It is also used to identify appropriate intervention, counseling and treatment options. The SAQ-Adult Probation III has 149 items and takes 30 minutes to complete. It has seven (7) measures (scales): 1. Truthfulness Scale, 2. Violence (Lethality) Scale, 3. Antisocial Scale, 4. Aggressiveness Scale, 5. Alcohol Scale, 6. Drugs Scale and 7. Stress Coping Abilities or Stress Management Scale.
The Veteran Information Profile (VIP) is a post-deployment screening instrument or civilian reintegration test that was designed for evaluators that counsel or assess veterans. The Veteran Information Profile or VIP incorporates eight veteran post-deployment scales (areas of inquiry): 1. Truthfulness Scale, 2. Civilian Reintegration Scale, 3. Self-Esteem Scale, 4. Depression Scale, 5. PTSD Scale, 6. Suicide Scale, 7. Alcohol Scale and 8. Drugs Scale. The VIP is a 163-item self-report test that takes around 30 minutes to complete. The VIP can be given on the computer or in paper-pencil test booklet format, which enables group testing. Regardless of how VIP tests are administered, all tests are scored online with reports scored and printed within 3 minutes of test data entry. VIP tests are conveniently accessible (24/7) and affordable.
Designed for victim assessment. Victims of physical and mental abuse or domestic violence represent the clients the VI is designed for. The VI has 127 items and takes 25 to 30 minutes to complete. The Victim Index has eight (8) scales (measures): 1. Truthfulness Scale, 2. Distress Scale, 3. Morale Scale, 4. Self-Esteem Scale, 5. Resistance Scale, 6. Substance Abuse Scale, 7. Stress Coping Abilities Scale, and 8. Suicide Ideation Scale. The VI is different. It is designed to screen victims of physical and/or mental abuse. The Victim Index (VI) is appropriate for adult, male and female clients.
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