Adult Counseling Tests

Addiction Tests

Addiction is defined as the continued use of a mood altering substance despite adverse consequences. Adult addiction tests include: Alcohol Drug Screen (ADS), Gambler Addiction Index (GAI), Sexual Adjustment Inventory (SAI), Shoplifting Inventory (SI), Treatment Intervention Inventory (TII) and the Substance Abuse Questionnaire (SAQ). Addiction tests are represented by their name and each test's name is a link to that test's website. All addiction tests have a Truthfulness Scale, Alcohol Scale and a Drug Scale along with Addiction Focus Scales.

Adult Outpatient Assessment (AOA)

The AOA is an evidence based outpatient test that is designed for adult (male and female) outpatient assessment. Psychiatrists, psychologists, private practitioners, counselors and mental health professionals use the AOA. The AOA contains eight (8) scales (domains): 1. Truthfulness Scale, 2. Self-Esteem Scale, 3. Alcohol Scale, 4. Drug Scale, 5. DSM-IV Substance Abuse Scale, 6. DSM-IV Substance Dependency Scale, 7. Violence Scale and 8. Stress Management Scale. For more AOA information, visit

Alcohol Drug Screen (ADS)

The Alcohol-Drug-Screen (ADS) focuses entirely on adult alcohol and drug use or abuse. The ADS Incorporates five scales or domains: 1. Truthfulness Scale, 2. Alcohol Scale, 3. Drug Scale, 4. DSM-5 Substance Use Disorder Scale, 5. Stress Management Scale. For more information and to see an example ADS report, visit The Alcohol Drug Screen (ADS) is unique in that it focuses entirely on alcohol and drug use or abuse. For more information visit

Anger-Aggression-Violence Assessment (AAVA)

The AAVA is an evidence based self-report test that focuses on anger, aggression and violence, which are characterized as being on an emotional continuum. The continuum theory is based on the theorem that as anger increases, it can evolve into aggression, which in turn can intensify and evolve into violence. AAVA contains seven (7) scales (domains): 1. Truthfulness Scale, 2. Anger Scale, 3. Aggression Scale, 4. Violence Scale, 5. Alcohol Scale, 6. Drug Scale, and 7. Stress Management Scale. For more information visit

Anger Management Profile (AMP)

The Anger Management Profile (AMP) is an anger, or more specifically "anger management," screening instrument, or test. This assessment instrument or test makes "anger" screening possible for courts, probation departments, counseling programs and mental health professionals.

Anger Violence Tests

The purpose of this website is to help interested parties (courts, assessors, probation officers, counselors, mental health professionals) locate anger-violence tests that will meet their needs. Several self-report tests are discussed that contain a Truthfulness Scale and a Violence Scale. These tests include: DVI-Pre-Post (or treatment outcome test), Offender Assessment Index (OAI), Parolee inventory (PI), Probation Referral Outcome (PRO), Self-Audit (SA), and the SAQ Adult Probation III. For more information on these tests, visit

Anxiety-Depression-Assessment (ADA)

The ADA focuses on anxiety and depression. Anxiety and depression often co-occur in clinical outpatient counseling, assessment and treatment settings. The ADA incorporates eight (8) scales or domains: 1. Truthfulness, 2. Generalized Anxiety Disorder, 3. Social Anxiety, 4. Agoraphobia, 5. Panic Disorder, 6. Specific Phobia, 7. Self-Esteem, and 8. Depression scale. For more information, visit

BDS Research

Behavior Data Systems (BDS) believes that using specific tests, designed to identify specific problems, is key to minimizing risk, enhancing treatment outcomes, and increasing public safety. This website provides test users with research findings that underscore the practical and clinical uses of BDS tests. Research summaries for each BDS test are available for download. Visit

Defendant Questionnaire (DQ): The Defendant Questionnaire (DQ) is an adult defendant (male and female) assessment instrument or test. The DQ is appropriate for drug, alcohol, substance use and violence screening. The DQ was designed for Drug Court and General Population Court use.The Defendant Questionnaire (DQ) consists of 137 items and takes 30 minutes to complete. It has a high 5th to low 6th grade reading level. If a defendant can read the newspaper, they can read and understand the DQ. Reports are computer scored and printed on-site within 3 minutes of data (answers) input.

Domestic Violence Inventory (DVI)

The DVI is designed to assess people accused or convicted of domestic violence. The DVI evaluates violence potential, assesses control issues, quantifies substance (alcohol/drug) abuse and measures stress management skills. The DVI has six (6) scales (domains): 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. For more information, visit

Domestic Violence Inventory Pre-Post

The DVI Pre-Post is a domestic violence treatment effectiveness test. It is administered to domestic violence patients (offenders, probationers or clients) twice: once before treatment (pretest) and again after treatment (posttest). Comparison of pretest and posttest DVI Pre-Post scale scores is the main purpose of the comparison report.

Domestic Violence Tests

There are four Domestic Violence Inventory (DVI) tests. These Include: Domestic Violence Inventory (DVI); DVI-Short Form; DVI-Pre-Post and the DVI-Juvenile. Each of these tests is referenced on and on On each of these referenced websites, these domestic violence tests are described and an example report is presented. We encourage visitors to look at the 3 page DVI reports as they show how gathered information is presented in a test example report.

Driver Risk Inventory 2

The DRI-2 is a popular DUI/DWI offender test. The DRI-2 has been administered to over 1.85 million DUI/DWI offenders in the United States. It is the preferred sole source DUI/DWI test in six states and is on test approved lists in many others. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is the highest federal authority in the DUI/DWI field and they rated the Driver Risk Inventory the best DUI/DWI assessment or test. Since then, after extensive research, the DRI has been improved. A DSM-5 based USE Scale has been added. The DRI-2 has six (6) scales (domains): 1. Truthfulness Scale, 2. Alcohol Scale, 3. Drug Scale, 4. USE Scale, 5. Driver Risk Scale, and 6. Stress Management Scale. The DRI-2 is evidence based with extensive peer reliability, validity and accuracy research ( For more information, visit

DUI DWI Offender Test (DDOT)

Is a DUI/DWI offender test that contains a unique Marijuana (cannabis) Scale. This website introduces the DUI/DWI Offender Test (DDOT), which contains a unique, Marijuana (cannabis) Scale. With some states passing medical marijuana statutes and decriminalizing marijuana use, a need emerged for a DUI/DWI offender test that includes a Marijuana Scale. To meet this need, the DUI/ DWI Offender Test (DDOT) was developed. For more info and an example report, visit DDOT is available 24/7/365. DDOT is an affordable, state of the art, DUI/DWI Offender Test.

Internet Tests

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Offender Assessment Index (OAI)

Many people in the community are in need of psychological services when they are arrested. The criminal justice system is an important contact point for adult offenders (Hammett, Gaiter & Crawford, 1998). Offenders can be screened for emotional and behavioral problems and then directed to appropriate agencies/programs for help, treatment and rehabilitation. The OAI has seven scales (domains): 1. Truthfulness Scale, 2. Resistance Scale, 3. Violence Scale, 4. Stress Coping Ability Scale, 5. Substance Abuse/Dependency, 6. Alcohol Scale, and 7. Drug Scale. OAI Alcohol and Drug Scale scores represent the severity of the defendant's drinking and drug use.

Outpatient Screen (OPS)

OS enables early identification of psychological problems like anxiety, depression, poor self-esteem, substance (alcohol/drug) use and stress management issues. Outpatient screening prioritizes problem identification, leading to faster treatment involvement while improving outcomes. Outpatient Screen (OS) has eight scales (domains): 1. Truthfulness Scale, 2. Anxiety Scale, 3. Depression Scale, 4. Alcohol Scale, 5. Drug Scale, 6. Substance Use Scale, 7. Self-Esteem Scale, and 8. Stress Management Scale. The OS is truly an outpatient screen for adults' (male & female) clinical (psychological) problems.

Outreach Screen (OS)

The Outreach Screening was developed for use by YKHC counselors, evaluators, and mental health professionals, to evaluate the unique needs of Alaskan clients. When clients are referred for evaluation, Outreach Screening test results help to determine whether counseling or treatment is warranted, by identifying problems and, when problems are present, classifying them in terms of severity. The Outreach Screening is a reliable, valid, and accurate assessment that is also comprehensive, efficient, and culturally-sensitive.

Probation Referral Outcome (PRO)

The Probation Referral Outcome (PRO) is a treatment, effectiveness, outcome test that is administered to probationers, more than once. Some probation officers administer the PRO when they decide to refer the probationer to treatment (counseling or psychotherapy). However, it is typically, given the first time (pre-test) when a probationer is admitted into treatment, and before treatment is begun. Then, after treatment is completed, the Probation Referral Outcome is administered to the same probationer, again. This second, testing is called the post-test (2nd test), which generates the "Comparison Report."

Probation Tests

The assessments or tests discussed in this website provide a solid foundation for probation officers in case planning and case-load management. These evidence based assessments help probation officers decide upon levels of probation supervision, alternatives to incarceration and, as needed, intervention classes, counseling, and specific treatment recommendations. Visit

Pre Post Inventory

The Pre-Post Inventory is used when you want to know if counseling or treatment was successful. The same test is administered twice. The pre-test (or 1st test) serves as a baseline for post-test comparison. Upon post-test, the computer compares pre-test and post-test scale scores, and generates a "Comparison Report."

Quick Risk Screen

The QRS has four measures (scales) 1. Truthfulness Scale 2. Alcohol Scale 3. Drug Scale 4. Risk Scale. The QRS has 64 items (questions) and can be completed in 10 or 15 minutes. From data (answers) computer input, QRS tests are scored with printed reports available in 2 minutes. Applications include: court related assessments, substance (alcohol/drug) use assessments and evaluation of risk to self and others. The Quick Risk Screen (QRS) is a brief or fast evaluation that assesses client risk. It also determines client truthfulness while completing the test. For more information, visit www.quick-risk-screen

SAQ-Adult Probation III (SAQ-AP III)

SAQ-Adult Probation III is an adult probation (male and female) assessment index or test. It helps ascertain offender's risk and is appropriate for misdemeanor and felony evaluations. The SAQ-Adult Probation III has 149 items (questions) and takes 30 minutes to complete. It has seven scales (domains): 1. Truthfulness Scale, 2. Violence (Lethality) Scale, 3. Antisocial Scale, 4. Aggressiveness Scale, 5. Alcohol Scale, 6. Drug Scale and 7. Stress Management Scale. More information and to view an example report, visit SAQ is the acronym for Substance Abuse Questionnaires. Consequently, the SAQ- Adult Probation III is often used in substance (alcohol & drug) use or abuse assessments.

Self-Assessment Index (SAX)

This test screens substance (alcohol and drugs) abuse, work attitudes, motivation and stress coping - important attitudes and behaviors for understanding welfare-to-work participants. This test also identifies barriers to employability, so they can be, positively, worked through. Designed for welfare recipient screening in welfare-to-work programs. It has 103 items and takes 20 minutes to complete. The Self-Assessment Index has five (5) scales, (measures) which include: 1. Truthfulness Scale, 2. Work Index Scale, 3. Alcohol Scale 4. Drugs Scale, 5. Stress Coping Abilities.

Self-Audit (SA)

The Self-Audit (SA) is an adult (male/female) evidence based counseling or treatment intake test. The Self-Audit (SA) consists of 160 items and takes 30 to 35 minutes to complete. It can be administered individually or in group testing settings. The Self-Audit (SA) helps patients understand their life situation, adjustment problems and stress management skills. At one sitting of approximately 30 minutes, staff can acquire a vast amount of useful patient information. Nine Self-Audit Scales (Domains) 1. Truthfulness Scale, 2. Distress Scale, 3. Morale Scale, 4. Resistance Scale, 5. Violence Scale, 6. Self-Esteem Scale, 7. Alcohol Scale, 8. Drug Scale, 9. Stress Management Scale. All SA Scales (domains) have alpha coefficients above the professionally accepted standard of .75 and are highly reliable. Early studies used criterion measures and were validated with other tests, polygraph exams and test-related research. Behavior Data Systems, Ltd. (BDS) test-related research is summarized on its research website The Self-audit (SA) is a counseling and treatment test. The SA is also used as an outpatient intake or test. In response to counselor and probation officer requests, a Violence Scale was incorporated in the SA.

Sexual Adjustment Inventory (SAI)

The Sexual Adjustment Inventory (SAI) identifies sexual deviance and paraphilia In adults (male & female) accused or convicted of sex offenses. The SAI is an evidence based assessment instrument or test with very impressive reliability, validity and accuracy. Unique SAI features include two Truthfulness Scales: one to determine if the client (patient/offender) lied when answering sex-related questions and the other to decide if the client minimized problems or lied when answering non-sex related questions. The SAI is the only sex offender test that has these two Truthfulness Scales. The SAI has six sex-related scales, and seven non-sex-related scales. Inclusion of the six sex-related scales is obvious: 1. Sex-item Truthfulness, 2. Sexual Adjustment, 3. Child Molest, 4. Sexual Assault, 5. Incest Classification, and 6. Exhibitionism Scale. Inclusion of the seven-non-sex-related scales may not be that obvious: 1. Test Item Truthfulness, 2. Violence Scale, 3. Impulsiveness Scale 4. Distress Scale, 5. Antisocial Scale, 6. Alcohol Scale, and 7. Drug Scale. The Sexual Adjustment Inventory (SAI) is discussed in more detail on its website ( along with an example report. The SAI is a 230 item self-report-test that takes 45 minutes to an hour to complete. If your goal is to better understand a person accused (or convicted) of being a sex offender, we recommend the Sexual Adjustment Inventory (SAI).

Substance Abuse Tests

Behavior Data Systems Ltd. (BDS) substance abuse (alcohol and other drugs) assessment instruments or tests meet strict, professional standards for reliability, validity, and accuracy. Test users also give these tests high marks for availability, helpfulness, comprehensiveness, and affordability. Visit

Suicide Risk Assessment (SRA)

Suicide Risk Assessment (SRA) is a 142-item self-report Suicide Risk Assessment (SRA). Its website introduces the SRA which takes 25 minutes to complete. From data (answers) computer entry, it takes 3 minutes to score and print 4-page SRA reports. The SRA was strongly influenced by M. David Rudd's suicide theory and its peer reviewed research. David Lang (2013) emphasized clinicians should use a suicide screening tool with patients manifesting co-existing disorders like anxiety, depression, or substance (alcohol/drug) abuse. More information is presented on the Suicide Risk Assessment (SRA) website (cited above), along with an example SRA report. We encourage people interested in suicide risk assessment to review the SRA example report.

Treatment Intervention Inventory (TII)

The Treatment Intervention Inventory (TII) is an outpatient intake screening test. Areas of inquiry include truthfulness, anxiety, depression, distress, substance (alcohol/drug) use, self-esteem, family issues and stress management skills. The Treatment Intervention Inventory (TII) consists of 162 items (questions) and takes 30 minutes to complete. From data (answers) computer input, TII tests are scored with their reports printed within3 minutes. The TII has 9 scales: 1. Truthfulness Scale, 2. Anxiety Scale, 3. Depression Scale, 4. Self-Esteem Scale, 5. Distress Scale, 6. Family Issues, 7. Alcohol Scale, 8. Drug Scale and, 9. Stress Coping Attribute Scale. The TII website provides more descriptive information and an example TII report. We encourage interested parties to review the TII example report.

Veteran Information Profile (VIP)

The VIP is an assessment tool used by counselors, evaluators and mental health professionals working with post-deployment veterans. VIP test results are used to help determine individualized levels of need, counseling or treatment for veterans returning to civilian life. The VIP can help facilitate giving returning veterans the help and care they deserve. 8 VIP Scales (Domains) 1. Truthfulness Scale, 2. Civilian Reintegration, 3. Self-Esteem Scale, 4. Depression Scale, 5. PTSD Scale, 6. Alcohol Scale, 7. Drug Scale, 8. Suicide Scale. Taken together these 8 VIP Scales (domains) produce a Quick Risk Screen and Veteran Reintegration profile. More information is on the VIP website along with an example report. We encourage interested parties to review the VIP example report.

Victim Tests

A victim is a person who has been wronged, abused, persecuted, or suffered a loss. Victims of physical, emotional, and mental abuse represent the clients (patients, offenders and others) that the following, “victim tests” are designed to screen, evaluate, or assess. Visit

Violence Tests

All tests discussed in this website contain a Violence Scale, Truthfulness Scale, (to determine client truthfulness) and an Alcohol Scale, as well as a Drug Scale. Other scales (measures) are also included to fill out the clients' (offenders’) violence profile. Visit

Welfare Screening

The purpose of this website is to introduce the Self-Assessment Index (SAX) and to explain the rationale, upon which it is based. Perhaps the best single source of Self-Assessment Index (SAX) information is on its website. Visit

Outcome: Treatment Effectiveness Test links

Pre-Post Inventory examines adult treatment effectiveness or change. Probation Referral Outcome (PRO) measures probationer treatment change or outcome.
DVI Pre-Postevaluates domestic violence treatment effectiveness or change. Juvenile Pre-Post assesses juvenile treatment effectiveness or change.


To go back to the beginning of the adult counseling test discussion, click on the Adult Tests link. To go to the beginning of the juvenile counseling tests discussion, click on the Juvenile Tests link.

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