If you have a citation that only tells you where and when a test was published, the most efficient method for obtaining the test will depend on whether it was published within a journal article, a book, or in some other way. Below are the steps for each type of publication.
If your test was published in a journal article, there are several options for finding it:
If your test was published in a book, there are several options for finding it:
Some tests, especially ones that are created/used by government agencies or universities, can be found with Google or other search engines.
CAUTION: Anyone can post something on a website, so there are many unofficial, altered, and incomplete tests online. For professional and research purposes, you should use versions posted by the correct authors and publishers. Here are some tips for finding them:
If you aren't able to obtain a test by other means, you can sometimes get it directly from the author or publisher.
To find the test author's "institutional affiliation":
An alternative is to contact the publisher. Here are some of the largest test publishers in the U.S.: