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Aquarium of ideas and inspirations – responses to our customers' suggestions and remarks

2014-10-08

During the recent 35th Reunion of the Polish Psychological Association in Bydgoszcz we asked paritcipants visiting our stand for opinions on the Laboratory's activities and offer. The opinions were supposed to be written on stickers having the form of a little fish, and stuck to the stand.

We received a number of interesting remarks and suggestions we would like to respond to in what follows.


1. Suggestions concerning instruments for children diagnosis

  • Preparation of the scale for diagnosing psycho-motoric development of small children

One instrument that may be used for  diagnosing psycho-motoric development of small children from 2 months through 3 years of age has already been included in our offer. This is DSR, or Children Development Scale.We are also currently preparing the new instrument, namely IDS-P, or Scales for Intelligence and Development for Children of the Pre-School age, which is designed for examining children between 3 and 5 years of age. It will be available for purchase in 2015.

  • It would be great if the National Health Fund accepted IDS as a diagnostic instrument. The Wechsler scale now in use contains, unfortunately, so many aspects which are outdated (e.g. telephone etc.). It is great that the new battery of children tests is being created.

Unfortunately we cannot influence the Fund's decisions concerning recommendations for instruments. We are seeking now to obtain licence for the new, up-to-date versions of the Wechsler test for children, i.e. the WISC-V. We will keep our customers informed about the results of our efforts.

  • A battery of neuro-psychological tests for children

We take the issue of neuro-psychological methods for children very seriously. We are currently preparing the normalization procedure of the children version of the Color Trails Test as well as adapting the RHLB battery for children. We will do our best to normalize other instruments from that field in the near future.

  • Examining small children's family relations

No instrument for examining small children's family relations is currently on our offer. However, we began the adaptation process of E. Bene J. Anthony's Family Relations Test. This instrument should be available for purchase in 2-3 years.

  • Instruments for testing language functions in children

Some instruments which may serve for examining language functions in children can be found in our offer. These include: TSD, or Dictionary Test for Children (4-7 years of age); IDS, or Scales of Intelligence and Development (5-10 years of age); DSR, or Children Development Scale (from 2 months through 3 years of age). Another test, the IDS-P, or Scales of Intelligence and Development for Children of Pre-school Age, designed for children between 3 and 5 years, is currently being prepared as well.

We thank you for the kind appreciation of  IDS-P workshop led by Aleksandra Jaworowska and Diana Fecenec.

2.    Neuro-psychological tests

Our customers pointed out the fact that there are no instruments for diagnosing neurological disorders such as apraxia, agnosia, or aphasia, as well as for diagnosing performance functions.

We fully realize the lack of adequate instruments which could help in the diagnosis of the aforementioned disorders. Being aware of the specific character of these instruments, we are eager to co-operate with either institutions or private persons who are owners of reliable and interesting instruments supporting neuropsychological diagnosis and would be willing to release them in the Laboratory.

If you are interested in this kind of co-operation, please contact pracownia@practest.com.pl

We can also also recommend to our customers the instruments for neuropsychological diagnosis that are already included in our offer, such as CTT, or Color TrailsTest for Adults; RFFT, or Ruff  Figural Fluency Test and WCST, or Wisconsin Card Sorting Test. All these can be used to assess performance functions.

3.    Other suggestions/questions

  • Methods for examining special populations

We plan to design an instrument for examining the blind or the persons with severe sight handicap. We hope to be able to give our customers more information about the details of this project soon. So far the only instrument we can offer is the Leiter International Performance Scale which is equipped with norms for deaf persons.

  • Bigger letters on the respondent sheet of the MMPI®-2 test

Our customers point out problems respondents have with filling out their sheets, as the boxes to be crossed out are too small and hardly visible. The Polish version of the MMPI®-2 test is identical with the American original. The licence agreement is binding for us and that is why, unfortunately, we cannot modify the graphic form of any elements included in the Polish version.

  • When will the electronic version of the MMPI®-2 test be released?

We are waiting for the American publisher's consent to release the electronic version. When we receive permission from the Minnessota University Press, the MMPI®-2 test will be made available on the e-PSILON platform.

  • The instruments to be used in business are needed

We are pleased to inform that three tests to be used in business will soon be available for purchase. These are: BIP, or the Bochum Inventory of Personal Work Features; LBQ, or Link Burnout Questionnaire, and WERK, or Leadership Styles Inventory. We are currently working on other instruments which might be used  in HR.

We still organize training sessions on the use of tests in business entitled: The policies of test using in organisations – legal aspects, ethical aspects, and best practices.

  • Normalization of the Koch Tree Test

The Laboratory does not plan the normalization of the Tree Test.

  • Availability of the electronic versions of the APIS test

Both versions of the APIS battery, namely the APIS-P(R) and APIS-Z, are already available in the electronic version: either on the e-PSILON platform or on CD (only the licence recharge is now possible for those who already have the starting CD with the test). We also sell software for scores calculation. You can find detailed information by clicking the appropriate links.

  • Why are psychological tests so expensive?

Test prices may appear high but let us remind that each test is a result of many people's effort  contributed over many years. All reasearch necessary for designing a reliable instrument is financed from the Laboratory's own ressources without using external funds (such as EU funds or projects) which, for various reasons, are unavailable for us. Several persons are usually engaged in the preparation of any single test – including the Laboratory research specialists, normalization researchers, external experts, translators (in case foreign instruments are adapted), and reviewers. Samples used in normalization procedures usually contain from several hundred up to several thousand respondents representing the whole population of Poland. Scores collecting and storage, their verification and analysis also take months of hard work. And we should not forget about production expenses  which include materials used by normalization researchers (sheets, test accessories) as well as final products (handbooks, test keys). Our target group is usually quite limited: most of the instruments released are for psychologists's use only. Hence the circulation of new titles is usually small which, in turn, makes the production cost even higher.

The work on any single test usually takes about two years, and is co-ordinated and financed entirely by the Laboratory. That is why total product prices may appear high. However, we would like to ensure our customers that we do our best to keep them as low as possible.

  • SCID-I and its compatibility with DSM-V

While preparing the Polish version of SCID-I Polish editors analyzed criterial and lexical modifications introduced to DSM-V, concluding that these modifications do not diminish the value of SCID-I in the diagnosis of disorders covered by it. The SCID-I handbook contains the table where the diagnostic categories of DSM-IV-TR and DSM-V are compared (see p. 7). This allows to see which of the categories of DSM-V are not included in SCID-I. We invite our customers to get acquainted with that handbook.


We would like thank once again for all remarks and suggestions. We hope that our responses will be found interesting.

Aquarium of ideas and inspirations – responses to our customers' suggestions and remarks
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